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63 Percent Of Hand Sanitisers In Abuja Markets Unregistered With NAFDAC - PTF

63 Percent Of Hand Sanitisers In Abuja Markets Unregistered

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said that 63 percent of hand sanitisers in markets in Abuja are not registered with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

This revelation was made during the daily briefing of the task force on Thursday.

Mustapha said that a survey had been conducted by the Nigeria Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) in its bid to check the inundation of subpar goods into the Nigerian market.

He said that the same could possibly be found in markets across the country and the general public is advised to take caution when making purchases of such products, urging that "sanitiser and other pharmaceutical products" be purchased from "credible sources."

Mustapha said, “As part of the non-pharmaceutical measures, we recommended in line with global practice, the use of hand sanitiser. Ordinarily, that ought to stimulate local production because of increased demand.

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“We regret to inform you that a survey conducted by the Nigeria Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), to check the influx of substandard goods into the market, revealed that 63 per cent of alcohol-based sanitiser in Abuja do not have NAFDAC registration numbers.

“There could also be similar situations around the country. The Hon. Minister of Health has consequently issued an advisory to the general public to procure their sanitiser and other pharmaceutical products from credible sources.

“Now is the time to turn adversity into victory by growing our entrepreneurial skills and industrial base.

“Let us find growth at the end of the pandemic. Today, we have been compelled to add the fight against fake products to our national response.

“You will all recall that the Aviation sector reopened for domestic operations on 8th July, 2020. Dry runs were carried out and guidelines meant to protect all travellers were issued.

“You also recall that we identified and pleaded even before now, with certain classes of persons, particularly VIPs, to desist from flouting such guidelines.

“Unfortunately, we have received reports about violations by some dignitaries who failed to follow the protocols at our airports.

"We believe leaders must lead by example. In truth, as leaders and followers, we must change our behaviour if we must overcome the pandemic.

“This virus does not discriminate by status, age, tribe, creed or colour. All we require is diligent compliance and vigilance.”

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