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Lagos Government Shuts Down Illegal Pharmacies In Lekki-Ajah Axis

The Lagos State Government has shut down 29 illegal pharmacies and chemists across the State for operating illegally.

Officials of the Lagos State Taskforce on Fake, Counterfeit and Unwholesome Processed Foods raided the patent stores on Monday and shut them down for operating without being registered with the government.

The closure is part of the governmentโ€™s efforts at ridding the state of fake, substandard and illegal drugsโ€™ operators and outlets as well as ensuring high drug quality through sanitation and streamlining of drug distribution system in the state.

Says Dr. Modele Osunkiyesi, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health. According to Osunkiyesi, the shops were sealed off for offences ranging from sales of drugs without license from the regulatory authority; to failure or refusal to relocate from a market area and adherence to the mandated distance between a patent medicine shop and market place as stipulated by the law; and sales of counterfeit and fake drugs amongst others.

The affected chemist and pharmaceutical stores include: Goodnews Store located at 8, Badore Road, Folarin Bus-stop, Ajah; Jonadab Nwaogwugwu Chemist, Seyi-Omogwa Street, Lakowe Phase2, Lekki; and BL Supermarket, Yomade Shopping Mall, Awoyaya Bus-stop, Lekki.

Others are; Tela Rose Pharmacy, 13 Shonibare S. Complex, Awoyaya, Ibeju-Lekki; Omata Chemist, 2 Seyi Omogwa Street, Lakowe Phase2, Lekki; and Uzoma Shop, Bale Palace, Abijo town, Lekki; and Chidominion Stores, Olasuru Shopping Plaza, Haruna Bus-stop, Sangotedo, Lekki, Ajah.

The Permanent Secretary also listed Chinkem Pharmaceutical Ltd., Sangotedo, Lekki, Ajah; Shade Chemist, 2, David Oladapo Street, Ajah; Big Friend Merchant Store, Sangotedo Ajah; and Kike Medicine Stores, Oke-Imole Street, Sangotedo, Ajah as outlets that were affected by the exercise.

Culled from PM News.

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