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The United Nations office for Drugs and Crime has pledged to assist the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to realise the aspects of its mandate to the benefit of Nigerians.

The United Nations office for Drugs and Crime has pledged to assist the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to realise the aspects of its mandate to the benefit of Nigerians.

The new Country Representative of the UN body in Nigeria Cristina Albertin stated this when she paid a courtesy visit on the Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhi [above] at the Agency’s corporate  Headquarters in Abuja.

Orhii who was excited at the visit implored the country Representative to bring her rich background and vast experience to bear in her new assignment maintaining that NAFDAC will maximally cooperate and collaborate with her to make her work easier and beneficial to the people.

The NAFDAC boss further enumerated the challenges of Narcotics issues especially in the areas of diversion and lack of fund to determine the country’s needs of Narcotic medication that can be ordered for both medicinal and scientific purposes.

He lamented that even with the increasing number of people that suffer from diseases that these medications are meant for, such as cardio-vascular diseases, non-communicable diseases, sickle cell anaemia, accidents and cancer, there was the fear of not bringing in enough to avoid their diversion and also inadequate knowledge of pharmacists on storage, prescription and administration by the doctors and nurses and proper documentation.

 In her response, the UN chief promised to work with NAFDAC and other related agencies in Nigeria to ensure that the medications are available for those who need them, help to evolve ways to stop diversion and control against illicit uses.

Albertin has been with United Nations for over 25years. She has over the years worked in countries like Peru, Colombia, Vietnam, Moscow, Argentina amongst others.

Tersoo Tivlumun

Online Media Consultant (NAFDAC)


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