The National Association of Patent Medicine Dealers (NAPMED), Aba Branch, Abia State has called on the government to support local manufacturing of drugs for common diseases to ensure availability and affordability. The Chairman, NAPMED, Tenant Road Medicine Market, Aba, Mr Kanayo Anyaka, made the call in an interview with New Telegraph.
Anyaka lamented that drugs sold at the rate of N250 about January 2021 are now sold at the rate of N600.00. He said that the situation had put some drugs beyond the reach of the poor in Nigeria, adding that the rise in the price of drugs and pharmaceutical products is a result of the high rate of Forex which affects most products in Nigerian markets, because it is an importdependent country.
He called on governments at all levels to support the local production of pharmaceutical products and drugs in Nigeria through favourable policies to save more lives and ensure better care for sick people. Emenike Odo, a dealer, said that the failure of the naira at the official market had brought much pain to both dealers and users of drugs because it has resulted in low patronage and turnover.