The Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Abia State Chapter Comrade Emeka Ogbonna will prosecute shop owners in the medicines market at Tenant Road Aba Abia state.
The PSN boss disclosed this recently in a chat with the press in Owerri, when he attended the meeting of Imo State branch of Campaign for Democracy.
He said that infertility in the young males and females as well as kidney failure, heart failure and liver failure are on the increase due to the activity of the quacks in dispensing medicines.
It will be recalled that the said medicine market was sealed on the 26th of October 2010 when the Pharmaceutical Inspectors Committee (PIC) Abia state carried out routine inspection of premises where medicines are sold in Aba metropolis. The PIC is an appendage of the Inspectorate Directorate of Pharmacists’ Council of Nigeria.
Comrade Ogbonna also disclosed that the atrocities perpetrated in that market are done in collaboration with some Laboratory Scientists in Aba who write prescriptions which they are not trained or licenced to write and afterwards direct people to the fill these prescriptions in the market where no person can question the prescriptions.
They are placed on commission by these traders which value has a direct proportionality to the number of prescriptions and the money value of the prescriptions received from the laboratory scientist.
The human right activist, Comrade Emeka Ogbonna, also praised the efforts and assistance of the current serving Area Commander of the Nigeria Police Aba Area Commander Abia State whom he said is even more pharmacist than most pharmacists in his sensitivity to what damage wrong use of medicines can cause to the human body.
He gave some of the names of those likely to be arraigned in the Court of Law as Cosmas Ndanwa, the chairman of Tenant Road Medicines Market, Theo Onwuato, former chairman, Ben Molokwu and others. “They may be charged for selling, dispensing, and retailing medicines that they are not trained or licenced to sell, dispense or retail in an unlicenced and unauthorized premises.
Comrade Ogbonna who is also an Inspector with the Pharmacists’ Council of Nigeria says that this development serves as a warning to all those involved in the business of medicines without training and licence, he therefore advised them to change to other businesses before they are apprehended.
He reiterated that “healthcare services: where it is provided, whom it is provided for , and providers are provided by law; it is not for all comers.”