The Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mojisola Adeyeye says that the country needs to increase the rate and items locally produced.
Speaking during an interview with Channels Television, the DG noted that Nigerian pharmaceutical companies import everything except water.
She stated that if the country is to do better, then it needs to up its game as regards local production.
“We were over-dependent. The only thing that the pharmaceutical companies do not import is water. The ingredients are not there and you cannot manufacture ingredients, whether active or non-active in the country without support from the government. That is part of what the government is doing.
“You cannot set up active pharmaceutical industries without training the personnel; without having solid science foundation.
“That is changing now. There are two or three companies now that are going to be making some pharmaceutical ingredients. We think importation is the best thing, but it is the worst thing that could have happened to us.”Photo Credit: Twitter