The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Abuja on Saturday organised an awareness campaign walk to raise consciousness on medication-related errors and unsafe practices.
Mrs Ade-bimpe Adebiyi, Director of Hospital Services, Ministry of Health, who represented the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said that the walk was organised to sensitise the public on the dangers of medication errors and unsafe practices.
Ehanire cautioned Nigerians against self-medications, adding, ”such acts can cause incorrect self-diagnosis and delays in seeking medical advice when needed.
Ehanire said that the country has regulatory bodies that handle issues of malpractice on health matters.
According to him, any case that was reported to the agencies would be sanctioned according to the law.
Mr Edi Idem, Patients’ Safety Ambassador, Patient Safety Movement Foundation said that the it was currently drafting the policy on patients’ safety for Nigeria and worldwide.
Idem said that the issue of medication error had taken centre stage, particularly as the year focused on medication.
According to him, in a country like Nigeria where people can buy over the counter drugs, such obnoxious habit must be discouraged.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that according to WHO, medication errors contribute to more than 3million deaths globally every year.