The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) remains committed to prioritising public health and safety despite occasional client resistance to its work, Mrs Nora Narkie Terlarbie, the Ashanti Regional Head, has assured.
She said fighting the sale of unwholesome products on the market was sometimes risky because perpetrators would do anything to protect their investments irrespective of the health risk.
“This will not deter us from enforcing the laws in line with the Public Health Act from where we derive our mandate,” she told staff of the Authority at a Carols Service to mark the Yuletide.
“The job we do is risky because we work with people’s money and wherever somebody’s money is, the person is emotionally attached and would not hesitate to harm you,” she said, citing instances when FDA officials were almost attacked by desperate clients for doing their job.
The Authority, she noted, would not depart from its core mandate of ensuring safety and quality by manufacturers, importers and distributors of food, drugs, cosmetic, medical devices and household chemical substances.
She said the wellbeing of Ghanaians was the Authority’s priority and would continue to protect the public from harmful products.
Mrs Terlabie reminded the workers of public criticism in their bid to enforce the law but they must remain resolute and work in the interest of the very people chastising them.
She commended them for their sacrifices throughout the year and urged them to work even harder in the coming years for the collective good of Ghanaians.