Benue constitutes task force to combat drug hawking

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By SundiataPOST, Abuja

The on said had constituted a task would work toward curbing the menace hawking in the state.

The for Health, Dr Orduen Abunku, made the disclosure at the ongoing Benue State Council on Health meeting taking place in Makurdi.

Abunku, who expressed concern over the rate hawking in the state, said the practice posed health hazards users.

He said the task was mandated work toward curtailing the prevalence hawking in the state and listed painkillers, sex stimulants, anti-inflamatory agents, sedatives and antibiotics as some the frequently hawked .

The added those who patronised hawkers did so without recourse their health implications.

He advised the public to always advice before purchasing pharmaceutical items, especially .

The pharmaceutical council, he noted, was the only recognised institution vested with the powers of granting approvals to outlets to dispense .

He, however, regretted most of the outlets where such drugs were dispensed failed short of the minimum requirements of the council.

He said most of the drugs were exposed to sunlight and were subjected to inappropriate temperatures which made them inefficient.