Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited has applauded the federal government, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and other relevant agencies for their prompt response to the abuse of codeine syrup in Nigeria.
The general managing director, Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, Dr Stella Okoli, at a press briefing in Lagos commended the federal government for its prompt response as all Nigerians called for action towards controlling the situation.
Okoli said, “As parent and especially a Mother, I am deeply saddened by the problem of drug abuse and its damaging effect on our children and youths. Even more painful is the fact that a genuine therapeutic product, made for the relief of a specific illness, has been turned into a substance of abuse.
“We commend the Federal Government and the relevant agencies and NAFDAC for their prompt response to what is a serious matter of deep concern to all Nigerians. We also commend the Federal Ministry of Health for their prompt response as all Nigerians called for action towards controlling the situation.”
She said NAFDAC, after their inspections, are satisfied that Emzor manufacturing processes conform to all laid down procedure and it is a fully compliant company, adding that the company has valid Good Manufacturing Practice certifications.
speaking on what Emzor is doing to create awareness on healthy living among youths, the managing director said, “Emzor believes in developing our youths. Through the ChikeOkoli Foundation which was established in 2006 to promote healthy lifestyles and entrepreneurship, we have trained, influenced and touched the lives of millions of youths, many of whom have graduated from the foundation’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies and are now running their own businesses.
She said Emzor will seek to make relevant and impactful contributions to the multi-agency discussions on the way forward that are sure to follow in the days and months ahead, adding that from the limited depiction of rehabilitation efforts represented in the BBC programme, there is room for much support and improvement in the treatment and rehabilitation of persons affected by addiction.
“As an organization, we will continue to contribute to this vital aspect of managing the problem and securing the National treasure that is our youth. We are pleased that the Federal Government plans to solicit the involvement of organizations with positive impact on youth culture such as the Nigerian Football Federation.
“We would like to thank all our customers and stakeholders for their patience, support and understanding, during this period. We also want to reassure all Nigerians who depend on our quality products for their everyday wellness that the trusted quality in all Emzor products will always be safeguarded while you can always depend on these products for your unlimited wellness,” she added.
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