Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Ekiti State (South west Nigeria) Governor has supervised the destruction of expired drugs worth about N15 million withdrawn from all public health facilities across the state. Fayemi said the destruction became necessary to rid the state of toxic and dangerous substances and to enable his administration to commence the transformation of the health sector on a desired, guaranteed quality health care services and delivery. He noted that getting rid of expired drugs could be achieved by simply discarding the drugs at any dump site and burning them became necessary to ensure that people of doubtful characters do not lay their hands on them to inject them back to the society.
The governor added that water-tight security and control measure had been put in place to forestall unpatriotic act. Fayemi identified the features of expired drugs to include the decrease in effectiveness over time, discoloration or loss of aesthetic value due to the reaction as a result of long time storage and conversion to poisonous substances as a result of chain breakage and cleavage.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and Human Services, Dr. Ayotunde Omole, who represented Governor Fayemi at the exercise, noted that taking expired drugs could cause organ damage, restlessness, and other emergencies. Omole added that inherent dangers in taking expired drugs informed the decision of Ekiti state government to mandate all government primary, secondary and tertiary health facilities to be combed for such products for prompt destruction.