Pharmacists in Nigeria have been called upon to intensify efforts on research for the development of local drugs to fight diabetes.
Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege made the call when he spoke at the 2019 Annual Conference of the Endocrine and Metabolism Society of Nigeria.
He advised them to produce local drugs for other forms of endocrine and metabolic disorders.
Boost the Economy
He said that the development of local drugs would also help boost the economy by creating jobs for citizens and save the country huge sums of money spent on importing foreign drugs.
Omo- Agege spoke on “The Role of Education in Preventing Diabetes Complications” .
He expressed concern over the frightening statistics of more than four million Nigerians suffering from the disease.
According to him, considering the huge health implications of the ailment on the nation’s economy, it has become pertinent for the society to come up with revolutionary reforms that would change the narrative and reduce the menace of the disease.
He stressed the need for strong diabetic education advocacy by individuals, institutions, public and private sectors to stem the tide of the ailment in the country.
Healthy Life Habits
The lawmaker expressed the willingness of the 9th Senate to look at requisite laws that would help the people on the need for healthy life habits.
He called on Nigerian pharmacists to make the best use of the abundance of natural plants that nature had bestowed on the nation and come up with medicinal brands.
He added that enlightenment would help cover the most mileage in the war against diabetes mellitus.