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No fewer than 301 patent medicine shops were sealed for various reasons by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN)in Enugu State, its Registrar, Dr Elijah Mohammed has said. Mohammed disclosed this on Friday in Enugu while briefing newsmen after the council enforcement operations in the state. The Registrar was represented at the event by the Director, Enforcement of the council, Mr Stephen Esumobi. He said that 90 pharmacies were also sealed while six pharmacies and patent medicine shops were issued compliance directives during the enforcement exercise. He mentioned the offenses to include but not limited to operating without registration with PCN, failure to renew premises license and dispensing ethical products without supervision of a pharmacist. Others are poor storage and sanitary conditions among others. Mohammed said that a total of 524 premises comprising 159 pharmacies and 365 patent medicine shops were visited during the operation. “Members of the public are advised to purchase their medicines from licensed pharmacies and and simple household remedies from licensed patent and propriety medicines vendor shops respectively. “Those intending to start pharmaceutical businesses should get in touch with the PCN head office, state and zonal offices for guidance,” he said. He said that the Enugu State office of the PCN was doing everything to assist owners of premises who were ready to comply with regulations. The registrar said that facilities that qualified for registration as patent medicine stores would be registered and their owners trained on how to handle simple household medicines. “Subsequently, they will undergo continuous education every two years,” he said. He said that the PCN enforcement team had been in the state since the beginning of the week. Mohammed named the existence of unregistered medicine shops as one major factor militating against rational distribution and use of medicines in the country. “Most of these facilities are operated by traders who know nothing about the therapeutic or pharmacokinetic profiles of the medicines they sell to the public. “These premises pose serious threat to public health because they have over the years become channels for distributing medicines whose quality, safety and efficacy have been compromised,” he said. Mohammed said that most of the medicine shops had created unhealthy rooms for the sale of substances of abuse to criminal elements in the society. “It has been found that some of these unregistered medicine dealers sell expired drugs using false labels to conceal actual status of medicines,” Mohammed said.

By Ikechukwu Odu

The Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command,  Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu,  on Saturday, enjoined residents of the State to totally disregard the unwarranted publication making rounds on social ordering people to sit-at-home, rather than go about their legitimate businesses.

While reassuring all and sundry of the Command’s commitment to, in line with the mandates of Operation Restore Peace, collaborate with other Security Agencies to emplace and sustain adequate public security and safety in the State; the Commissioner warns any anybody or group harbouring any sinister intentions to disrupt the relative  peace and security enjoyed in the State, to desist forthwith, as such attempt will be vehemently resisted.

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According to the statement by the Command’s spokesperson, the Commissioner entreats parents and guardians as well as religious, traditional, town union, market, youth and other leaders to caution their subjects against allowing themselves to be incited by mischief-makers to foment trouble or carry out acts of violence in the State.

The Commissioner further enjoined the people of the state to remain law-abiding, vigilant, as they go about their legitimate businesses, and promptly report criminal elements and/or persons found fomenting trouble to the police.

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