The information is contained in statistics published on 24 April 2017 by the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Technological Development (MINMIDT).
This is a huge loss for the Cameroonian economy. Companies established in our country lose 60 billion CFA francs per year associated with the beginning of so-called street drugs. The statistics published last Monday by the MINMIDT were relayed by APA and taken over by La Nouvelle Expression (LNE) in newsstands on April 25th.
“… the Treasury, for its part, loses in this illegal trade some 12 billion FCFA per year, or 18.73% of business losses,” the paper said. In order to eradicate the phenomenon, the National Order of Pharmacists of Cameroon (ONPC) plans to launch very soon, a campaign against the illegal sale of drugs.
“With the support of the authorities, an awareness campaign is planned, focusing in particular on the sale of street medicines, including fake medicines and obsolete medicines whose consumption is detrimental to the health of populations” said our colleague.
LNE also presents the disturbing figures of the World Health Organization (WHO). According to these figures, 30-40% of medicines consumed in Africa are counterfeit. With prominent sub-Saharan Africa, fake drugs kill about 800,000 people every year across the continent.