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In a bid to strengthen the economy and foster local production, the Hon. Minister of State for Health, Dr. Tunji Alausa, has advocated for a complete halt on the importation of medical syringes into Nigeria.

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This call was echoed by the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, during a visit to the Afrimedical Manufacturing and Supplies Limited Syringe factory in Ogun State. Joined by other government dignitaries and international partners, the visit aimed to address the challenge of substandard medical device imports and promote indigenous manufacturing.

Highlighting the government’s commitment to supporting local industries, Dr. Alausa emphasised the importance of restructuring syringe production in Nigeria to ensure the availability of high-quality products and create employment opportunities.

Prof. Adeyeye affirmed the Agency’s decision to cease granting import authorisations for syringes, redirecting focus towards local manufacturers and collaborating with them to enhance production standards

While acknowledging the initial cost implications of locally manufactured syringes, Prof. Adeyeye stressed that increased production volumes would drive down prices over time. She urged the government to reduce import tariffs on critical raw materials and equipment, facilitating the growth of local production.

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