By Sodeinde Temidayo David
The National Agency for Food, Administration and Drug Control (NAFDAC) in an effort to ensure a good life for all Nigerians, has launched a campaign against the dangers of self-medication and other problems public health.
The campaign aims to combat the dangers of buying drugs from hawkers, codeine abuse and self-medication, especially among young people.
In addition, during the campaign period, the dangers behind some common practices of most Nigerians due to lack of knowledge and causes of poisoning would be addressed.
This will include education on the dangerous effects of using tankers to load peanut oil, the unsafe practice of using potassium bromate to bake bread, the use of azo dye in it. palm oil and the dangers of using Sniper to preserve any type of food or keep flies away from meat.
This also includes the dangers of excessive oil consumption, the use of formalin in foods and the associated health risks, the low level of exclusive breastfeeding practice by nursing mothers and the risks for the health associated with it.
Others are the dangers of misuse of pesticides and insecticides, the misuse of chemicals and their dangerous effects, and the problem of antimicrobial resistance arising from animal meat.
Speaking during the awareness campaign in Lagos, NADAC Director General Dr Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye urged Nigerians to buy drugs only from pharmacies and licensed drug stores and to refrain from l self-medication.
According to her, the key objective of the outreach program is to intensify and broaden the reach of our informal and formal communication strategies for behavior change to reach vulnerable communities, especially at the grassroots.
She noted that the dissemination of information on food and drug safety is an important aspect of the regulatory work of NAFDAC.
Ms Adeyeye further hinted that the federal agency had engaged the services of a project consultant, MMCC, to conduct the awareness campaigns, adding that the campaign material was ready to be deployed on the ground.
The NAFDAC boss added that the campaign aims to protect Nigerians from the deleterious effects of unhealthy food, falsified medical products, harmful cosmetics, poor water and other substandard regulated products.
As she said, the media, youth organizations and civil societies in the pilot state will be at the forefront of the campaigns, adding that the target audiences are market women and men, workers and employers in the marketplace. road transport, community youth organizations and students.
The ultimate goal of this alarm is to ensure that different communities take ownership of the care and management of their own health.