The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC has cautioned that there is a likely drug shortage in the country should the Coronavirus epidemic continues in China.
The Agency’s Chief, Mojisola Adeyeye said India which Nigeria depends on for a greater percentage of its drug imports, has already been hit by the ravaging effects of the virus.
India buys most of their materials and active ingredients from China while Nigeria imports 70 per cent of its medicines as well as active and non-active ingredients mostly from the South Asian country.
Nigeria, according to NAFDAC, should be concerned about the development since the country does not manufacture anything here except water.
Adeyeye, gave the warning during a news briefing in Abuja on the African Medicine Quality Forum meeting scheduled for February 24 and 28. She also called on Nigerians to desist from cooking food with paracetamol, especially to soften meat.
The Federal Government assured Nigerians, especially those in Wahun, that it was monitoring their health situation through the nation’s Ambassador in China.