Tunji-Alausa Calls for Syringe Import Prohibition

Tunji-Alausa Calls for Syringe Import Prohibition

During an official visit to Afrimedical Manufacturing and Supplies Limited Syringe factory in Arepo, Ogun State, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Tunji Alausa, called for a complete prohibition on the importation of medical syringes to Nigeria. This move aims to bolster domestic production and stimulate the nation’s economy.

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Dr. Alausa emphasized the economic significance of supporting local syringe manufacturing during his visit to the state-of-the-art factory in Karameh Industrial City. He urged the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to curb excessive imports, citing the need to protect the domestic industry from unfair competition.

In response to the minister’s directive, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of NAFDAC, announced the suspension of import permits for syringe importers, including international collaborators. This suspension extends to previously authorized imports, reflecting a strategic shift towards supporting local syringe manufacturing.

Prof. Adeyeye highlighted NAFDAC’s commitment to assisting domestic syringe manufacturers through collaborative efforts aimed at enhancing their operational standards. This support includes corrective measures to address any deficiencies identified in their processes.

The effectiveness of this initiative has been underscored by recent developments, as the World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed interest in partnering with Nigerian syringe manufacturers. This recognition signifies the growing confidence in the quality and capacity of local syringe production in Nigeria.

As Nigeria moves towards self-sufficiency in medical syringe production, stakeholders anticipate significant contributions to the nation’s healthcare sector and overall economic growth.