-To Fight Fake & Expired Drugs
The Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA) has recruited twenty-three new employees in a drive to enhance government’s fight to eradicate the consumption and use of fake and expired drugs by individuals in the country.
The LMHRA says despite the entity being faced with many difficulties including low budgetary support by national government, it believes in order to achieve its goals; qualified Liberians must be hired to carry on its mandate which will help make Liberia free of illicit drugs.
In a release, the agency announced that the new employees will help government combat substandard and counterfeit medicines that are widely being circulated on the Liberian market. These medicines, according to the release are consumed daily by vast majority of the Liberian populace and have the propensity to pose serious threats to the livelihood of the people.
During the orientation ceremony for the new workers recently held in Monrovia, LMHRA Managing Director, David Sumo cautioned the newly hired employees to remain focused, farsighted and seriously take their functions during their service at the institution to save Liberia from these bogus, barred and perished drugs.
“You are about to embark on national duties, put your country first before self-interest, let us work together to save our nation,” Mr. Sumo admonished the new recruits.
Director Sumo also disclosed that the fight to eradicate substandard and counterfeit medicines from the Liberian market is a firm challenge, but was quick to however point out that the practice can only be mitigated when Liberians are determined to lead the fight. He warned the incoming employees not to compromise their professional principles for little or nothing as it is against the code of ethics of each employee; stating it may have serious effect on the consuming public.
Meanwhile, the LMHRA boss has stressed in the strongest tone that any employee who receives bribes contrary to the objectives of LMHRA will be dismissed if investigated and found guilty.
The MD Sumo added that training will be provided in the future for those that will be vetted as inspectors so that they can understand the practical details of their jobs and be able to adequately perform.
Managing Director Sumo at the same used the occasion to welcome new employees to the agency where he took time to explain the code of ethics and objectives of LMHRA.
He further noted that the LMHRA is eighty-five percent scientific in nature and there are opportunities to train Liberians who are ambitious of working for their country to tackle the consumption of these dangerous products by people in the society which are out of use.
In response to MD Sumo, the newly employed staff of LMHRA applauded him for the numerous services rendered to the people of Liberia. The employees thanked Mr. Sumo for ensuring that the objectives of LMHRA are gradually coming to fruition.