Minister of Health, Professor Issac Adewole, has called on Nigerians to report early all cases of adverse drug reactions, ADR, in order to save lives.
The minister stated this when he kick-started a marathon race billed to last for 17 days as part of the measures to create awareness on the dangers of ADR.
At a briefing he held in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Culture on Stephen Johnson Syndrome, which is an unusual allergic reaction, the minister said, “government is responsible to enlighten and improve the quality of lives and create awareness.”
He stressed the importance of partnering with the media to make Nigerians aware of the potential dangers to ADR and report early drug reactions to saves lives.
The minister recalled that Late Dr. Adeyosola Adedayo, was the first victim involved in the unusual event in 2012 in Lagos.
‘’The late Adedayo had a needle break injury while treating an HIV Patient. He was placed on drugs to prevent him from acquiring the virus but unfortunately the measure turned out to be a disaster which made him to develop an uncommon reaction that led to his death.”
Late Adedayo’s younger brother, Engineer Fadesola Adedayo, has joined the crusade in honour of his departed brother.
He also appealed to Nigerians to alert authorities whenever there is unusual reactions so that producers drugs will add them in the list already in existence.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs Ayo Adesugba who represented the Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed said that the importance of education, awareness and sensitisation could not be over-emphasised.
He appreciated the convener of the marathon and the brother of the diseased for creating awareness through the marathon race from Abuja to Lagos and urged all to be agents of sensitising the syndrome.
Source:: Nigerian Pilot