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Why we shut down 381 medicine stores in A’Ibom – PCN

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By Francecsa Iwambe
The Pharmacy Council of Nigeria said on Friday that its enforcement team had sealed 381 pharmacies and patent shops in Akwa Ibom for various offences.

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The Director and Head of Enforcement Department, Stephen Esumobi, made this known while briefing newsmen in Uyo, the state capital.

He said most of affected shops were sealed for offences such as operating without registration or renewal of premises certificates, unauthorised sales of medicines, and poor access control to the poison cupboard.

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Others offences included poor storage facilities and temperature control, stocking and sale of prescription, and other ethical products by the patent medicine vendors.

He said that the enforcement team, in continuation of the current drive by the council to streamline the drug distribution system, visited 727 premises comprising 559 patent medicine shops and 168 pharmacies.

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Esumobi said, “The PCN enforcement team has been in Akwa Ibom State since the beginning of the week in continuation of the current drive by the council to streamline the drug distribution system in the country.

“The team visited the following local government areas; Uyo and it environ, Ikono, Abak, Itu, Eket, Ibesikpo/Asutan, Ikot Ekpene and Oron. At the end of the exercise. At the end of the exercise a total of 727 premises were visited. This comprises 559 patents medicines shops and 168 pharmacies.

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“A total of 381 premises were sealed, comprising of 52 pharmacies and 329 patent medicine stores. A total of 16 compliance directives were issued.

“All registered premises are expected to display their current premises certificates or evidence of registration conspicuously within the premises to enable members of the public to know the status of premises where they buy their medicine.

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“Premises certificates shall be renewed on or before 31st January every year and it is an offence for any premises to operate without registration or renewal of their premises certificates.

“In enforcing the PCN laws, the primary areas of focus of the PCN enforcement team are premises, personnel, and practice. It is an offence for any stakeholder to operate a pharmaceutical business in a location that has not been approved by PCN.”

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Photos/Video: LASU class of 2004, Anthony Campus re-union anniversary

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The class of 2004, Public Administration of the Lagos State University (LASU) Anthony Campus re-union second anniversary get together on Saturday.

Old classmates had a lot share and had time to dance and celebrate old times.

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Finally, after terrorists attack, NRC to resume Abuja-Kaduna rail operations on Monday

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Finally, the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) will resume the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train service on Monday, with only two return services after the terrorists attack.

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Naijablitznews.com reports this was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Managing Director of the NRC, Fidet Okhiria.

The statement shows the first train will depart Rigasa train station in Kaduna state to Abuja by 8:00 in the morning while from Abuja, the first train will depart Idu train station to Kaduna state by 9:45 in the morning.

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The NRC management also revealed that as part of the new security measures, it is now mandatory for passengers to present their National Identity Number and valid Boarding Ticket before they will be allowed to board.

It also says the purchase of tickets by proxy is only limited to minors and a specified number of adult passengers.

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Online and mobile app ticketing will be available from 8:00 in the morning on Sunday, December the 4th, 2022 while the ticket offices at the train stations will open from 6:30 in the morning on Monday, December the 5th.

Recall that the NRC suspended train service along the route after Boko Haram terrorists attacked a moving passenger train in Kaduna on March 28, 2022.

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The insurgents had blown up the rail track and bombed the moving train, killing some and abducting more than 60 passengers. The unprecedented attack attracted international and national outrage.

The terrorists, who attacked the Kaduna-bound train released hostages in tranches with the last release coming on October 5, 2022.

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Before the hostages were completely released, distraught family members had protested several times to demand the release of their loved ones.

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Peter Obi Attends Gospel Musical Concert ‘The Experience’ In Lagos+Photo

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, on Friday, attended the annual gospel musical concert organised by House On The Rock church in Lagos.

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Upon his introduction, Obi was welcomed with cheers from the crowd.

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