The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said on Saturday the Federal Government was determined to stop the sale of drugs in open markets in the country at the end of 2018.
Adewole stated this when he visited the site for the construction of a Pharmaceutical Coordinated Wholesale Centre at Oba, Anambra.
The federal government had announced July 31 as deadline for sale of drugs in open markets.
Adewole said: “May be people still believe that the federal government is joking, government does not joke.
“We do not want fake drugs or falsified labels. We just want genuine drugs and the only way to do so is centralizing the drug market so that we can determine what comes in and what goes out.
“We have agreed to extend the deadline till December 31, 2018 and that will be the last extension. We are irrevocably committed to that.
“By January 1, 2019, if you are not here at the coordinated centre, then you cannot be anywhere. I am saying it with all seriousness that this is the last extension.”
He commended the Anambra State government for supporting the project and urged the leadership of the drug market in the state to settle their disputes amicably.
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