By SundiataPOST, Abuja
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Orduen Abunku, made the disclosure at the ongoing Benue State Council on Health meeting taking place in Makurdi.
He said the task force was mandated to work toward curtailing the high prevalence of hawking in the state and listed painkillers, sex stimulants, anti-inflamatory agents, sedatives and antibiotics as some of the frequently hawked drugs.
The commissioner added that those who patronised drug hawkers did so without recourse to their health implications.
He advised the public to always seek expert advice before purchasing pharmaceutical items, especially drugs.
The pharmaceutical council, he noted, was the only recognised institution vested with the powers of granting approvals to outlets to dispense drugs.
He, however, regretted that 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.