Monday, 18 August 2014 11:01


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Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dr. Paul Orhii has advised members of the public to disregard rumors purporting that salt can cure complication resulting from the Ebola virus which has so far killed 2 persons in the country and put eight others under intensive management.

While urging the public to stop listening to rumors of an Ebola cure, Dr. Orhii said there is no known cure for the deadly virus at the moment and advised members of the public to embrace strict personal hygiene by washing of hands with soap or hand sanitizer and avoid crowded places.

The NAFDAC boss gave this advice while inaugurating the latest batch of corp members into NAFDAC/NYSC-CDS group at NYSC orientation camp, Kubwa in Abuja. Dr. Orhii was represented at the event by the Director, Special Duties of the Agency, Dr. Abubakar JIimoh.

Taking cognizance of the importance of accurate and reliable public health information, Dr. orhii said NAFDAC is strengthening its partnership with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), through the design of new strategies geared towards consolidating on the gain made so far in the area of public enlightenment and youth advocacy to eradicate the menace of fake drugs and unwholesome regulated products.

The NAFDAC DG said the Agency’s partnership with NYSC through NAFDAC/NYSC-CDS group has recorded great successes in reaching the grassroots with messages of safe food and drug practices, necessitating NAFDAC to build on the successes of its previous strategies and increase its support and commitment towards ensuring that youth corp members are empowered with the right information to be ambassadors of the agency in their places of primary assignment.

He said, “the thrust of this strategy is anchored on the unassailable mileage of the youth corps members and gravitating on their creative energies in educating Nigerians particularly at the hinterlands on the regulatory activities of the agency”

Highlighting the successes in meeting the objectives of NAFDAC-CDS group, Dr. Orhii listed achievements in the area of educating the public on the mandate of NAFDAC and her scope of responsibility; sensitization of public on regulatory activities of NAFDAC by providing the right information using various communication strategies and empowerment of youth corps members with the right public health information to enable them disseminate NAFDAC messages in their places of primary assignment.

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