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"Stop the unnecessary delay, release funds to FDA" - Mintah Akandoh slams Gov't (VIDEO)

Ranking Member on the Health Committee of Parliament, Mintah Akandoh has expressed disappointment in the Akufo-Addo led administration over its delay in releasing funds to the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).

According to him, the delay is not only unnecessary but also an avenue to halt the activities of the FDA in ensuring food and drug safety in the country.

Addressing the media on Parliament on Thursday, Mr. Mintah Akandoh said "The FDA has placed on hold its market surveillance and also GMP due to lack of funds. So should any fake or expired product(s) get imported into the country, it will end up endangering the lives of citizens"

"As we speak, it has emerged that there is a disease called anthrax which has found its way into the country. Anthrax affects meat which are consumed. If funds have been released to the FDA by now, they would have began embarking on surveillance in markets and restaurants"

On the GMP, he said "The FDA through GMP gets the opportunity to travel outside the country to observe how some foods are processed but they have stopped that too."

Mr. Akandoh charged government to instruct the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta to immediately release funds to the FDA in order to boost their work and help save lives.

In other developments, efforts by to get the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to respond to the issue have proved futile as the Institution has declined to speak.

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith



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