Guinea is trying to end the sale of drugs on the black market

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Guineans looking for medicine should now go to pharmacies. The authorities want to eradicate the parallel market in pharmaceutical products, but they have also tried to close the clandestine clinics. All professionals who do not have approval had until Thursday to cease their activity.

With our correspondent in Conakry, Matthias Raynal

An exchange meeting was organized on Friday, September 16 in the governor of the city of Conakry. In the crowded room, neighborhood leaders, mayors, market administrators and a few pharmacists. Before them, officials detailed the state’s strategy to curb the scourge of fake drugs.

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Many Guineans are used to buying on the black market. The State is ready to resume, according to the Secretary General of the Ministry of Health, Mohamed Lamine Yansané. “ The state released all the capital of the central pharmacy of Guinea that had time to order drugs at the level of producers. And the shipping it’s done Our goal is that public medicines are available to the last kilometer in the country. »

Accompanying measures must allow the installation of young pharmacists in prefectures where there is no private point of sale.

endless war »

This war is endless, 90% of these outlets today are closed, explains the head of the national gendarmerie, Colonel Balla Samoura. This does not prevent mopping up patrols from being held in all cities and throughout the national territory. »

Three pick up and two 4x4s left, in the direction of the Niger market. ” The one who tries to reopen, it is the law that decides his fate. It is as simple as it is clear. No salesman dared to open that morning. But will it last? The previous ban in 2019 did not give long-term results.

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