Hon Alexander Gabby Hottordzi
Member of Parliament (MP) for Central Tongu constituency and a member of Health Committee of Parliament, Hon Alexander Gabby Hottordzi, has called on government to provide adequate funds to the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to enable its fights illegal drugs trades in the country.
According to the MP, the capping of the FDA Internal generated Funds ( IGF) is affecting its operation as it needed more surveillance at markets and ports to be able to track activities of illegal or fake drug business.
Hon Hottordzi made the call during an interview with THE REPUBLIC, in Accra over the weekend.
The MP comments followed the arrest of 14 fake drug peddlers at Dome, Achimota and the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra, recently by the FDA in collaboration with the Pharmacy Council and the Ghana Police Service upon a swoop.
The drug peddlers made up of 11 men and three women were arrested for selling unregistered aphrodisiacs, analgesics, antibiotics, Tramadol, codeine containing cough syrup and other toxic medicines to the public.
Some of the local aphrodisiacs seized from the suspects included: AK 47, Magic Gel, Cobra 150, Tiger 150, Tramadol, Magic Snow Vita and Super Sex Machine.
The swoop was necessitated by the increasing incidence of illegal trading in pharmaceuticals.
Nonetheless, Mr Hottordzi, said the capping of the FDA internal revenue has disabled its financial muscles and that had it not been the intervention of the Health Committee of parliament, the plight of the authority would have been worse.
He said, state institutions like FDA ought to be adequately resourced to be able to conduct intelligence to save the nation from infiltration of unauthorized drugs that affects the lives of the citizens, especially the youth.
The Central Tongu MP expressed worried on the fact that the youth that constitute the nation labour forces are the majority of people reportedly engaged in the use of Tramadol and codeine.
In his view, ” this posed danger to our youth” as the untrained people selling the drugs could misinform their clients on their usage.
While applauding FDA for the recent swoop on the illegal dealers, Mr Hottordzi called on government to take interest in the activities of FDA and ensure adequate funding to be able to embark on similar exercises.
The National Democratic Congress(NDC) MP also appealed to the public to abstain from purchasing drugs from peddlers but instead, purchase at the pharmacy shops, adding that, “ before you take any drug, make sure you seek doctor or specialist advise, for in that way we will minimize the danger.”
He also urged the FDA to continue its collaboration efforts with other security agencies and as well increase its public education and sensitization in drug abuse control, prevention and effects.
Sources: www.therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba