A Lagos police parade with 21 parcels of illicit drugs | The Guardian Nigeria News
• Medicines promoted on social networks contributing to blindness – Expert
Officers from the Lagos State Police Command yesterday paraded an arrested drug dealer with 21 parcels of illicit drugs.
The drugs were carried and concealed in the bonnet of a Sienna bus registered BEN 883 LW driven by a 32-year-old man, Kalu Orji, from Angle 90, Auchi, Edo State.
According to Police Spokesperson, Benjamin Hundeyin, the suspect was arrested by a team of vigilant police officers attached to Area G Command, Ogba, Lagos during an arraignment on Friday August 5, 2022 in Aguda, near the Excellence Hotel, Ogba, Lagos State.
Hundeyin said Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi, ordered the suspect and exhibit be transferred to command headquarters for further investigation.
He also reassured the public of adequate security of life and property as well as a sustainable fight against the threat of drug abuse and abuse in Lagos State.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Federal Health Ministry’s National Eye Health Committee, Prof Afekhide Omoti, yesterday expressed concern over the growing number of social media advertisements for drugs and other chemicals.
He advised Nigerians not to use these products but rather consult their doctors for proper diagnosis and treatment.
He revealed that the sponsors of these drugs on social media are making all sorts of claims that these drugs and chemicals cure all eye diseases.
Omoti, a consultant ophthalmologist at Benin University Hospital (UBTH), said these social media posts are fraudulent.
He said: “It is not true that there is a single medicine that can cure all eye diseases or can restore sight in all types of visual impairment. Many eye diseases are incurable and cannot be controlled.
“For glaucoma, which is the leading cause of irreversible blindness, early detection is necessary to prevent blindness, if properly managed by a qualified optician. Any vision loss due to glaucoma cannot be recovered by any treatment Currently available treatment modalities serve only to halt progression, not to cure the disease.
The medical expert said the drugs, which are advertised on social media platforms and spread through print and electronic media, would not only prevent glaucoma patients from not taking their medications as prescribed by their doctors, but could also lead to the progressive progression of the disease to blindness.
He said, “Many of these drugs have not even passed through the regulatory authorities in Nigeria and are not certified by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). The safety of these medicines cannot be guaranteed even if the advertisements claim that they are natural products.
“The people behind these social media posts are taking advantage of public ignorance and the desperation of patients with incurable eye diseases. ”
He instructed Nigerians not to patronize these products but rather see their qualified doctors for proper diagnosis and treatment.