The Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Mr Elijah Mohammed, has said that 537 pharmacies and patent medicine shops in Kano were sealed by the PCN for offences which include operating without registration and selling ethical medicines without the supervision of a pharmacist.
Speaking on Thursday while addressing a press conference at the council office in Kano, Mr Mohammed also said that other offences that made the council seal the premises include poor storage conditions and unauthorised sale of the substance, as well as poor documentation.
While speaking on his behalf, the Director of Enforcement, PCN, Mr Steven Esumobi said a total number of 1,581 premises comprising 657 pharmacies and 924 patent shops were visited across the state.
He added that many medicine shops and medicine dealers in Kano still operate without adequate storage facilities while others have illegal warehouses scattered around the state.
Some of these warehouses have a large stock of ethical products and substances of abuse which could find their way into the camps of criminal elements in the society thus contributing to adverse security situations.
He noted that the activities of these illegal outlets tend to encourage the abuse and misrule of controlled medicines with the attendant negative social implications
According to him, “A total of 20 local government areas of the state were visited which include Kano municipal, Ungogo, Fagge, Kumbotsho, Taurani, Wudil, Warawa, Bichi, Nassarawa, Karaye Gwarzo, Gezzawa, Gabasawa, Rimi’-Gado, Tudun-Wada, Mijinbir, Shanono, Gwale and Danbata.”
He further disclosed that “It is in order to address these challenges that the enforcement team decided to visit the state adding that the team had been in Kano State since the beginning of the week.”
The team then carried out the enforcement exercise with the collaboration officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).