Uyo - The Akwa Ibom Government on Wednesday sealed seven patent medicine stores in Itu and Abak Local Government Areas for alleged sale of fake and expired drugs.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Ememabasi Bassey, told newsmen in Uyo shortly after the inspection exercise that the owners of the stores were arrested.
Bassey said that the arrest was made possible by members of state Task force on Counterfeit and Fake Drugs.
He called on members of the public to always check the expiry dates of drugs and products before purchase.
"The state government is out to make sure that members of the public are not sent to early graves by the wicked acts of those who deal on fake and counterfeit drugs.
"But we cannot fight this battle alone, members of the public should not hesitate to report any illegal clinic, medicine outlets that are involved on the sales of these drugs,” he said.
The commissioner said the state government placed high priority on the lives of its citizenry, adding that the suspects would be prosecuted .
The Chairman of task force, Dominic Ekpo, said the monitoring had saved a lot of lives that would have died from intake of the fake and counterfeit drugs.
Ekpo said that the task force was also conducting sensitisation programmes to enable the masses be mindful of shops they patronised while buying drugs and processed foods.