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Anambra assembly outlaws hawking, false advertisement of drugs

Anambra House of Assembly
By Sunny A. David, Awka
The Anambra State House of Assembly has passed a bill to prohibit the hawking and false advertisement of any medical drugs in Anambra State and related matters.
The bill which is sponsored by the member representing Awka South One Constituency, Dr. Nnamdi Okafor, was passed during Wednesda plenary.
Dr. Okafor explained that the essence of the bill was to checkmate the hawking and false advertisement of any medical drugs in the state to safeguard the health of the people.
According to him, the bill provides that all medical drugs sold or dispensed in the state must be registered and approved by the regulatory authority.
This he said is to protect drug consumers from harm being caused by unregulated drugs.
The lawmaker further stated that the bill ensures that only uses or indications for any medical drugs approved by NAFDAC are advertised to the public among others.
The Speaker of the House, Barrister Rita Maduagwu, also added that the bill stipulates that the Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra shall be charged with the responsibility of facilitating the arrest and prosecution of defaulters of the law before a court.
Also at plenary, the House confirmed five persons as Transition Committee Chairmen for five Local Government Areas in the state in line with the local government law as requested by Governor Willie Obiano.
They are Mr. Emeka Aforka, Orumba North, Honourable Collins Nwabunwanne, Anambra West, Mr. Patrick Aghamba, Onitsha North, Chief Lawrence Onwuzuluike, Awka North, Mr. Pius Ifeadi, Anambra East.
Supporting motion for adjournment, the Deputy Speaker, Sir Hafford Oseke appealed to Governor Obiano to direct the Anambra State Road Maintenance Agency to urgently rehabilitate Nwakannia Bridge at Umuawulu, which has claimed lives in recent weeks.
Similarly, the member representing Nnewi South One Constituency, Mr. Kingsley Iruba, urged the Commissioners for Works and Environment to urgently commence control works on the erosion site at Unubi, Akwaihedi road as the road will soon cut off and cause casualty.

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