Ekiti State Government Destroys N15m Expired Drugs In Health Facilities

On 24/Jan/2019 / In Articles

The Ekiti State Government has destroyed expired drugs valued at N15m, which were withdrawn from public health facilities across the state. Governor Kayode Fayemi, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr Ayotunde Omole, who supervised the destruction of the drugs at the Ilokun Dumpsite in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, said the exercise became necessary to rid the state of toxic and dangerous substances.
Fayemi, who said the exercise would also enable his administration to begin the transformation of the health sector on a desired and guaranteed quality health care services delivery, said, “The destruction will also ensure that people of doubtful character do not lay their hands on the expired drugs to inject them back to the society”
The governor said the features of expired drugs include diminished effectiveness over time, discoloration or loss of aesthetic value due to prolonged storage and conversion to poisonous substances as a result of chain breakage and cleavage.
Addressing journalists after the event, Omole said that expired drugs could damage vital organs in the body, cause restlessness and other emergencies.” The danger inherent in consuming expired drugs informed the decision of the Ekiti State Government to mandate all government primary, secondary and tertiary health facilities to be combed for such products for prompt destruction”.
The General Manager, Central Medical Stores, Mrs Olabisi Arogundade, said the destruction of expired drugs was last carried out in the state in 2008 and since then, expired drugs generated in all public health facilities were withdrawn and stock-piled at the CMS.
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