The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC said tree planting is necessary for medicinal use as well as the nourishment of the ecosystem.
TVC’s Kemi Balogun reports that more than 150 Nigerian children died in 1989 after consuming paracetamol syrup containing Diethylene glycol.
Problems of adulterated and counterfeit drugs were so severe in Nigeria at one time, that neighboring Ghana and Sierra Leone officially banned sale of Nigerian made consumables in their countries.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control was established in 1994 to eliminate counterfeit and adulterated foods and drugs in Nigeria, while ensuring that available medications are safe and effective.
The agency said it has come a long way in actualising these objectives. Hence, the need for walk by staff to precede a campaign on the need to plant trees for safe guarding the environment.
The agency also highlights the need for more proactiveness in stemming the rise in drug abuse among youths.
NAFDAC intends to support indigenous pharmaceutical manufacturing for increased world class production.
The agency is as well using this celebration of its years of existence to solicit support of families in the fight against illicit drug abuse.