NAFDAC DG Lauded for Focussing on Growth and Development of Local Pharmaceutical Industry

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By Biola Lawal
Flowerbudnews: The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye has been commended for placing high emphasis on the growth and development of Nigeria’s local Pharmaceutical industry.

Mrs Josephine  Dayilim who is the NAFDAC Director, Northwest Zone, gave the commendation while answering questions in an exclusive interview with Flowerbudnews on NAFDAC efforts, achievements and activities in the past six years.

The Director noted that under Prof. Adeyeye, NAFDAC has now placed  ”a great focus on strengthening of the local pharmaceutical companies through international best practices with emphasis on local manufacturing”.

She disclosed that through the initiative of Prof. Adeyeye, NAFDAC now helped local Pharmaceutical industries and manufacturers standardize their operations and productions with World Health Organisation (WHO) assisted audit programmes,

The Director stated that NAFDAC connection of the factories to WHO was now making Nigeria’s Pharmaceuticals  to be among the certified companies in terms of turnout of quality  and safe products.

(Mrs Josephine  Dayilim, NAFDAC Director, Northwest Zone)

‘The gradual strengthening of the  pharmaceutical  industry is yielding result as exemplified  in the recent WHO prequalification of a pediatric product of a local manufacturer, the first in West and Central Africa,”’ Mrs Dayilim stated.

Speaking further on the transformation that is enhancing NAFDAC status locally and globally in the past few years, She  said that  the  culture  of NAFDAC  had changed to  a “Customer-focused   and  Agency-minded” establishment to safeguard the health of the nation.

She also said that NAFDAC under Prof Adeyeye has achieved a ”paradigm shift for access to medicines which included the introduction  of innovative reforms such as the 5+5  policy,

The expansion of NAFDAC’s  ceiling list to thirty-four (34) products (aimed at increasing  access to quality medicine through local  manufacturing),  the new policy  on  establishment   of  Pharmaceutical   Plants  in  Nigeria,   the  centralized  GMP inspection for Pharma plants and Good Distribution Practice (GDP) inspections.

”The  ongoing  transformative  leadership  is   reflected  in the  strengthening  of  grassroots pharmacovigilance  or Post-Marketing  Safety Monitoring,  expansion  of risk-based post marketing  surveillance,

”The  introduction  of a Dossier Management  System  (an online solution   that  streamlines  the  dossier),   leading  in  Africa  the  development  and use  of Traceability Information System – a GS 1-driven technology – to give  COVID-19 vaccines and ATM  commodities’   supply chain visibility  and mitigate  substandard  and falsified medicines, as part of restructuring toward  ML4 and WLA status,’: the Director stated.’:

She said that the DG had also  ‘:led  the  Agency  in  strengthening  of  the  Food  industry  through emphasis  on Food Safety, evidence-based Chemicals and Pesticides Management”.

The Director said that the DG had also inaugurated Nigerian  Herbal Medicine  Product Committee  (HMPC)  as a means of fostering research involving herbal practitioners and academic researchers while the intellectual property  is protected.

She said that NAFDAC ultimate goal with the DG’s initiative ”is to turn complementary alternative medicines  into a research-driven,  regulation controlled commercially viable commodities.”

Mrs Dayilim stated that the DG had nstitutionalised Quality Management system (QMS), Increased staff training and standardised destruction of Unwholesome  and Fake regulated products ·worth billions of naira across all geopolitical Zones.

She noted that NAFDAC Introduction of the use of track and trace technology to stamp out substandard and falsified medicines and other pharmaceutical  products was yielding results.

The Director disclosed that the DG had also strengthened  stakeholders  engagements with all these resulting in attainment  of ISO  9001-2015   in 2019,  yearly re-certification,  and WHO Maturity Level 3 (ISO 9004) in 2022,  a recognition as a well-functioning Agency.

She particularly commended Prof Adeyeye for her efforts in the  area  of  Staff  welfare, saying; ‘:the  DG  has  introduced   a  number   of  commendable compensation  strategies to boost the morale of her workers amongst which are; yearly staff recognition award, retirement benefits for NAFDAC retirees and stipends for laboratory staff”.

‘:The DG has also Improved  interpersonal  relationship with staff e.g.  Expression of emotional  intelligence by
the DG during the loss of loved ones by reaching out to staff personally,” she disclosed.

The DG had built more  offices  across  the  country,  providing  a  more  conducive  working environment and institutionaliztion of QMS, Mrs Dayilim noted.

The Director said that Prof. Adeyeye had also  ensured  timely promotion  after examination  and decentralization/digitization  of the exam process, making it more transparent and reliable.

However, on areas to further improve NAFDAC services to Nigerians, Mrs  emphasized the need for provision of internet facilities (Galaxy backbone) in all NAFDAC office.

She also advocated further improvement in staff allowances, increase in the workforce (ROII, ROI and SROs),  increment of budgetary allocation and Provision of PPE (overalls).

She counseled on the need to pos Media Personnel (Public Relation Unit) to the North-West  Zone and provision of more office equipment such as fridges, deep freezers, computer systems, and laptops.

Mrs Dayilim, who is happily married with children, also advised on the need to Provide creches for nursing mothers in all the states.

She also canvassed nomination of outstanding  staff for award from each State/Zone. (Flowerbudnews)

Biola Lawal

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