Continuing the fight against counterfeit drug peddling in the North of Sierra Leone,
stakeholders in the region recently made commitments to combat the menace in their localities.
Religious leaders, market women, pharmaceutical business owners, security forces, the Resident Minister-North, the National Revenue Authority, Drivers’ Union and the Deputy Mayor of Makeni Municipality came together to strategize ways and make a unified commitment to fight the problem of drug peddling . The Chairman of the occasion Gibrilla Bangura, who is also head of the Anti Counterfeit Drugs Task Force, stated that peddling fake drugs “is a silent bullet taking the lives of thousands of vulnerable people everyday.”
Gibrilla Bangura stated that the theme of the programme”-Preserving the Health of the Nation Stop Drug Peddling and Prevent the Distribution of Counterfeit Medicines” is a very appropriate one. According to the chairman of the programme “it is only when there is the expected awareness among stakeholders that the problem of distributing and marketing of fake drugs can be combated.”
A member of the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone, John Kanu, said the problem is a local one as everyone seated on the round table session knew those that are involved in the trade and must help to prosecute them. The National Revenue Authority and the Police all spoke of the need for collaboration in the fight against counterfeit drugs.
WCN Johnson, Acting Registrar of the Pharmacy Board made a presentation of the problem as to the magnitude of health risk engendered by the proliferation of drug peddling in the country.