ZAMBIA CALLS ON AFRICAN NATIONS TO FIGHT SPREAD OF COUNTERFEIT DRUGS

UNITED NATIONS-- Zambian President Edgar Lungu has called for political will among African countries to fight the spread of counterfeit drugs, which he says are are contributing to the rising problem of anti-microbial resistance and which constitute a threat to global health.

He made the call in his speech to the first United Nations High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis, held here Wednesday on the sidelines of the current 73rd session of the UN General Assembly. His speech was read for him by Zambian Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya.

At the same event UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe said there is need to criminalize the manufacturing of substandard and counterfeit medicines.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom thanked President Lungu for accepting to chair the meeting.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK