By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Anambra State House of Assembly has passed a bill to prohibit the hawking and false advertisement of any medical drug in Anambra State and related matters.
The bill which was sponsored by the member representing Awka South One Constituency, Dr. Nnamdi Okafor, was passed during last Tuesday's plenary.
Dr. Okafor explained that the essence of the bill was to checkmate the hawking and false advertisement of any medical drug in the state to safeguard the health of the people.
According to him, the bill provided that all medical drugs sold or dispensed in the state must be registered and approved by the regulatory authority, noting that it was to protect drug consumers from harm being caused by unregulated drugs.
The lawmaker further stated that the bill ensured that only uses or indications for any medical drug approved by NAFDAC were advertised to the public, among others.
The Speaker of the House, Barrister Rita Maduagwu, also added that the bill stipulated that the Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra would be charged with the responsibility of facilitating the arrest and prosecution of defaulters of the law before a court.
Also at plenary, the House confirmed five persons as Transition Committee Chairmen for five Local Government Areas in the state in line with the Local Government Law as requested by Governor Willie Obiano. They are Mr Emeka Aforka, Orumba North; Honourable Collins Nwabunwanne, Anambra West; Mr Patrick Aghamba, Onitsha North; Chief Lawrence Onwuzuluike, Awka North; Mr Pius Ifeadi, Anambra East.
Supporting the motion for adjournment, the Deputy Speaker, Sir Hafford Oseke, appealed to Governor Obiano to direct the Anambra State Road Maintenance Agency to urgently rehabilitate Nwakannia Bridge at Umuawulu, which, he said, claimed lives in recent weeks.
Similarly, the member representing Nnewi South One Constituency, Mr Kingsley Iruba, urged the Commissioner for Works and Environment to urgently commence control works on the erosion site at Unubi-Akwaihedi Road as the road would soon be cut off.