Kano - The Kano State Government has banned the manufacturing and sale of two brands of cough syrups --codeine and tramadol syrups in the state.
The state's Commissioner for Health, Dr Labaran Abubakar, announced the ban at a meeting with members of the Nigerian Pharmaceutical Association in his office.
Abubakar said that youths in the state were abusing the syrups and endangering their lives, health and well being.
He said that government would deal ruthlessly with anyone not complying with the syrup ban.
Speaking in the same vein, Mr Ali Adamu, Director of Pharmaceuticals in the state's Ministry of Health, described the abuse of syrups as worrisome.
Adamu vowed that he would deal with the situation in his capacity as Chairman of the state's Task Force Committee on Fighting Sale of Illicit Drugs.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Pharmaceutical Association, Malam Bala Maikudi, said the association was determined to comply with the ban.