By Ken Neba, Yaounde, Cameroon – Thursday November 21, 2019.
The National Laboratory for Drug Quality Control and Expertise, LANACOME, hosts journalists in its Yaounde head office on Friday, November 22, 2019 to discuss the stakes of sub-standard and fake drugs, and food quality controls.
Today, it is nothing less than an all-comers’ profession! Such that the professionals that is, those who spent years of sleepless nights and huge sums of money training for the job, mostly abroad now face stiff competition from “illiterate intruders.”
Competition that is unavoidably and gradually ejecting them from their much-cherished profession. Today’s pharmacists, pharmacy attendants and chemists are the very shadow of what obtained yesterdays.
As the sale of medication often on street corners in Cameroon’s cities and towns, and even in rural areas has since become the “calling” of everyone!
Over the decades, complaints which have never found lasting solutions have continued to be raised about the unauthorised sale of medication. Not to mention the untold health risks the practice presents..
It is against this background that Cameroon’s National Laboratory for Drug Quality Control and Expertise, LANACOME, on Friday November 22, 2019, in the capital, Yaounde, hosts a media coffee break on; “The stakes of quality control of pharmaceutical and basic consumption products.”
Organised jointly with two health-related journalists’ networks – SCILIFE and AJC PROSANTE, the discussion begins at 2 pm local time.
Speakers at the event are Dr Rose Ngono Mballa, LANACOME General Manager and the Head of Department of Pharmacology and Traditional Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde I. He was the winner of the 2018 Francophone Pharmacy Award.
According to a statement by AJC PROSANTE’s Secretary General in charge of Communication, Jean Patient Tsala, the venue of the media coffee break is LANACOME’s Conference Hall located opposite the site of the demolished Ministry of Mines adjacent the Yaounde Municipal Lake. It is located inside the same compound as the National Centre for Drug and Essential Medical Consumables Supply, CENAME.