The Ondo state task team against fake and counterfeit medications has detained a phoney drug producer who was operating in 13 states across the nation as Brother Paul Legacy Foundation.
Following a tip, the task force detained the fake counterfeit drug dealer at the organization’s office in Akure, the state’s capital, which is located in the cultural area on Ondo Road.
Mrs Folukemi Aladenola, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, claims that the phoney pharmaceuticals organization was discovered in possession of mixtures that they claimed could treat any illness that was harmful to people’s health.
According to Aladenola, the company is active in 13 additional states Nationwide.
The group has been in town since June, according to information the team received. They claimed to be NAFDAC-registered and could treat any condition, including cancer, low sperm count, diabetes, hypertension, hepatitis, and barrenness.
She emphasized that the Ministry of Health would always defend the state’s citizens’ right to good health.
She claims that in order to mitigate the consequences of the elimination of gasoline subsidies, the state government increased access to health facilities by suspending registration fees in all government facilities, thereby ensuring that its citizens had unrestricted access to healthcare.
“The government’s goodwill should encourage our citizens to use government-run healthcare facilities, but to our astonishment, people continue to flock to these quacks, whose rates range from N5000 to N10,000.
“Instead of using this money to support quacks, you can get high-quality medications at the state’s government facilities.”
The days of “out-of-stock syndrome” are passed; now, our facilities have access to economical prescription supplies that are sufficient to care for the public’s health. Our facilities are now required to purchase their medications from this agency. You can query this gap if you don’t obtain medications from these facilities.
Aladenola emphasized that the group would be turned over to the proper authority to be sanctioned while advising the state’s residents to always seek medical attention from qualified staff and accredited government and private facilities.
All bogus drug sellers in the state would be prosecuted, the Permanent Secretary said.
The seized officials of the Brother Paul Legacy Foundation pretended to have NAFDAC registration on their goods, according to Mr Samuel Olatunji, a NAFDAC representative, but it was later determined that their registration number was fraudulent.
Olugbenga Lasekan, the taskforce’s chairman in Ondo State, issued a warning to individuals involved in the sale of fraudulent medications and contaminated goods, warning that anyone discovered would face legal repercussions.