TOGO’S PRESIDENT CALLS FOR COLLABORATION TO COMBAT PROLIFERATION OF FAKE DRUGS IN WEST AFRICA

ACCRA, Nov 27 — President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo has called for collaboration among West African countries to eliminate the proliferation of fake drugs across the sub-region.

This could be positively achieved through providing adequate support to the local pharmaceutical companies, to produce quality drugs to avoid the perennial importation of drugs, he said when he visited the Danadams Pharmaceutical Company here Wednesday in the course of his three-day State visit to Ghana.

Earlier, President Gnassingbe and host President John Dramani Mahama had held a joint press conference, jointly inaugurated the West Hills Mall, and held closed-door meetings.

He would also also jointly inaugurate a railway project at Aflao in Volta Region (Province) in southeastern Ghana on the border with Togo.

President Gnassingbe commended the Danadams Pharmaceutical Company for taking up the task of producing malaria and HIV/AIDs anti-tetroviral (ARV) drugs for export to neighbouring countries.

He appealed to management of the company to consider establishing a subsidiary company in Lome, Togo, to make their drugs accessible to the people there and beyond.

President Gnassingbe said there was a need for both Ghana and Togo to fight the sale of illicit drugs as the practice was inimical to the health of the people.

The president said Togo would also collaborate with Ghana to fight maritime crime and piracy along their territorial waters in the coming years.

SOURCE: GNA

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