Six out of seven sanitizers fake, says NAFDAC
By Ahmed Oluwole
At a time of global pandemic, unscrupulous Nigerians are exploiting the misery for disgraceful financial gains. The Nigerian Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC) on Wednesday has warned Nigerians to be aware of fake sanitisers across the country. Her statement was monitored by Irohinoodua this morning.
The Director General, (DG) of the Agency, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye said samples collected by the organization had indicated that six out of seven samples picked were fake. She said her organization was disturbed by the numbers of fake sanitisers being sold to the public.
Speaking on Your View, a programme on TVC, Adeyeye said inspection officer of the agency who had visited many shops across the country discovered that over ninety percent of the samples taken are fake.
She also warned the public not to stockpile chloroquine which is currently on clinical trial for the treatment of CONVID-19. Responding to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, who had called for exploration of indigenous medicine alternative in the battle against Coronavirus, Adeyeye said it was a good suggestion. She said however that traditional medicine had to be be subjected to several trials before they could be accepted as valid for human consumption.
Earlier the Nigeria Agency For Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has received reports of the presence of fake and adulterated hand sanitizers in Kaduna. The reports said some users had their hands burnt in the process.
The State Coordinator of the Agency, Dadi NM, had advised residents to ensure that they purchase only registered products from registered stores.
“If there is any incidence of purchase of such unregistered regulated products, this should be immediately reported to email@example.com or call, send WhatsApp and sms 08031157977.
The Agency in Kaduna had advised that “Anyone who is interested in registering hand sanitizers during this COVID 19 pandemic should quickly visit their website: www.nafdac.gov.ng to access information that will lead to their expedited registration.”