By Asmau Ahmad
The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has impounded unregistered and sex enhancement drugs worth N15 million in a recent operations in Gembu, Taraba state.
Health Reporters gathered that the drugs impounded by the agency included Tramadol and Sildenafil combination.
The state Coordinator of the agency, Mr. Joseph Asikpo, stated this during a press briefing in Jalingo, the state capital.
According to him, the drugs are evacuated in 20 sacks and seven cartons from some hidden stores in the area, adding that the Tramadol and Sildenafil combination was an unregistered drug used by people in the area to enhance sexual performance.
“The problems associated with Tramadole alone outweigh its benefits because its indiscriminate use causes serious bodily harm. This is because the drug has addictive tendency and it is responsible for several violent behaviour we see on the streets today,” Asikpo said.
The coordinator said other illegal drugs seized included banned Analgin and Gentamycin injections, fake Swidar, Ampiclox tablets and Mixagrip, different brands of Nimesulide, among others.
He added that the agency had imposed administrative charges on Amatex, Emmy CY and Aleke patent medicine stores in the area for being in possession of the illegal drugs, saying the patent medicine stores must pay the charges, assuring that the illegal drugs would be destroyed soon.
The coordinator vowed to sanction any trader found selling any banned consumable in the state.
He said: “We are continuously carrying out mop up of commonly used but banned products such as Crusader, Mekako, Montclaire and Amirah soaps and other mercury containing products. These products are causative agents for skin cancer and kidney problem.”
He advised the general public to always check the expiration dates and NAFDAC registration number of products before consumption. He appealed to consumers to always report anyone found selling expired drugs or beverages to the agency for quick action.