The Lagos State House of Assembly, Monday, February 8, expressed worry over the illegal sales of supposed covid-19 vaccines and drugs in the state.
Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa,while presiding over the sitting, said the state needed to act, monitor and regulate activities around the sales and use of the drugs so as not to make it free-for-all.
TheFact Nigeria gathered that, he further directed the acting chairman of the House committee on health, Hon. Hakeem Shokunle, to have further discussions with the executive arm in relation to a bill on COVID-19 that had been passed months ago by the Assembly.
Hon. Hakeem Shokunle consented to the speaker’s decision and added that some Nigerians were taking advantage of the COVID-19 situation in the state to sell various drugs. While noting the danger in such illegal action, urged the House to revisit the bill.
He said, an ammendment of the bill would allow the executive arm of the state government to work maximally in its efforts to combat the pandemic.
Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, supported Shokunle adding that it was lamentable the way people are bringing vaccines into the country.
He advised that there should be a way to regulate the importation of such drugs as well as their sales, especially as the virus comes with different variants.
He noted that the House already has a bill and that all that was required was a recall of the bill for the purpose of amending it to cover the sales and distribution of related drugs.
On his part, Hon. Temitope Adewale, said while COVID-19 was known to be ravaging the world and affecting the state, there was danger in self-medication or administration of drugs that are not regulated or approved.
Supporting that the bill be recalled, he warned that the state faced the danger of people suffering adverse effects from the use of some of these drugs.
Hon. Tobun Abiodun and Hon. Ajani Owolabi also supported the motion.