NAFDAC Warns Against Storing Foods In Chemical Containers » Naijaloaded

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) has cautioned Nigerians to stop storing food items in containers originally used for chemicals that are harmful to health.

She explained that containers previously used to store chemicals should not be used to store food items, even when they’ve been washed thoroughly.

She added that such containers contain carcinogenic substances, which no amount of washing can remove and would have harmful effects on humans in the long run.

The DG, who was represented by the Director of Chemical Evaluation and Research Directorate, Mrs. Ngozi Onuora, had led a team of NAFDAC top management officials to the palace of the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe.

Speaking about the dangers of storing food in containers previously used for chemicals, she said:-

“It is harmful to use kerosene tankers to load groundnut oil, to use potassium bromate to bake bread so as to improve the dough.

“We also advise market women to desist from using chemicals to quicken the ripening of fruits like plantains and bananas because it is dangerous to health.”

She explained that the three-day program would help to sensitize youths on the dangers of taking codeine and tramadol, as well as the harmful effect of other dangerous drugs on their health.

The NAFDAC boss added that the visit was to solicit the monarch’s cooperation in disseminating information on the dangers of drug abuse in the country, stressing that a well-informed society would address the demand side of drug abuse.

She also called on Nigerians to stop buying medicine from hawkers, but patronize approved medicine shops.

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Beware Of Reddish Palm Oil, NAFDAC Warns Nigerians » Naijaloaded

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has cautioned Nigerians against the consumption of foods and drugs which are injurious to their health.

The Director-General of the agency, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, gave the warning during a sensitization campaign in the North Central zone held in Ilorin on Thursday.

The NAFDAC boss took the campaign to major markets and roads in Ilorin, the state capital.

She said the aim was to protect Nigerians against the negative effects of unwholesome food, fake medical products, harmful cosmetics, poor water and other substandard regulated products.

She said some market men and women, in an attempt to make profit, mixed palm oil with Azo dye, a cancer-causing agent, to make it look beautifully reddish and attractive to consumers.

“If you see any vegetable oil that sleeps, that is a potential killer because NAFDAC will never license any vegetable oil with that characteristic. They also use sniper on meat, fish and beans to prevent fly from perching and eradicate weevils. Such products are dangerous when they are consumed.

“The vegetable oil that has been transported in kerosene tanker is hazardous and using potassium bromide to bake bread kills slowly. Consumption of excessive oil and use of formalin on food has its associated health hazards,” she warned.

Represented at the event by the Director, North Central of the agency, Mrs. Bolaji Abayomi, Prof Adeyeye also warned on the dangers of buying medicines from hawkers rather than licensed pharmacies and medicine stores.

She said the campaign theme was intended to address such public health challenges as abuse of codeine and self-medication, especially among youths.

She encouraged mothers to practice exclusive breastfeeding for two years for the good health of their children, adding that low level of exclusive breastfeeding practice by lactating mothers will make the child susceptible to various diseases and low IQ.

“It is common knowledge that Nigeria has a preponderant share of the global problem of falsified medical products and unwholesome food.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated the problem with the challenge posed by substandard and falsified Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).

“The sensitization campaigns will therefore contribute significantly to the federal government’s efforts to inform, sensitize, educate and alert the public about inherent dangers of intake and use of those spurious regulated products”, she stated.

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Intensify Campaign Against Fake, Counterfeit Drugs

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has been urged to intensify campaigns against fake and counterfeit drugs in the country.

This is just as stakeholders in the health sector have been enjoined to join the agency in the fight against fake drugs.

The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, gave the charge during a courtesy call by the management of the agency to his palace on Wednesday.

He said the agency has been contributing its quota to the development of the country by orienting the citizenry on steps to take to safeguard their health.

The monarch, while commending the agency for sensitising the general public on necessary steps to take on proper medication, pledged his support for the campaign against counterfeit and fake drugs.

Earlier in his address, the Director of Special Duties in the Agency, Alhaji Abubakar Jimoh, lauded the monarch for his fatherly role, especially during the upsurge of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Jimoh, who represented NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said the fumigating machines distributed by the traditional ruler in all the 36 states and FCT was a sign of his genuine interest in the health of the people.

He said that NAFDAC had intensified campaigns against hawking of drugs, drug abuse, loading of groundnut oil in kerosene tankers, among others.

According to him, the agency is also campaigning against the use of carbide to ripen bananas and plantain, which can result in cancer of the liver.

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JUST IN! NAFDAC Seizes Truckload Of Fake Milk In Sokoto » Naijaloaded

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has seized a truckload of unregistered milk suspected to be counterfeit in Sokoto.

This was disclosed by NAFDAC Coordinator in Sokoto State, Malam Garba Adamu, in an interview with Newsmen on Wednesday.

Adamu said that the consignment of 300 cartons of 35g creamer sachet was seized on Sept. 6 at the popular Kantin Daji market while the vehicle was on transit to Kano.

He said that the items were confiscated and the persons involved fined, to serve as a deterrent to others.

The coordinator explained that the agency’s headquarters had, in July, alerted state offices of circulation of unregistered milk and other products in the country.

He enjoined members of the public to be wary of their consumables and monitor any unregistered item so as to support NAFDAC in safeguarding their health.

According to him, the agency’s officials intensified surveillance and inspection exercise in Sokoto and Kebbi states to ensure quality of products and services.

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FG Receives 1,123,200 Additional Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Doses » Naijaloaded

The Federal Government has received additional 1,233,200 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for COVID-19 vaccination in the country.

Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, told reporters in Abuja that the latest shipments were received late last Saturday through the AVATT platform, coordinated by the African Union Commission, as part of the 39,800,000 doses procured by the government.

“The NAFDAC team has already taken samples for analysis and are currently scanning the codes to ensure proper serialization of the vaccine.”

He said as of Monday, a total of 3,600,858 eligible Nigerians had received their 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

He said of this number 2,551,738 persons were vaccinated with AstraZeneca vaccine and 1,049,120 persons were vaccinated with Moderna vaccine.

Shuaib said there had been questions raised about a few vaccinated individuals where COVID-19 infection occurred in those who had received the vaccination more than 14 days prior called breakthrough infection.

He said:-

“The observation is that in these individuals, the disease is usually milder than those who were unvaccinated.

Vaccination prevents one from severe disease, hospitalization and death. If our communities continue to remain unvaccinated, we will keep endangering our citizens most especially those who are vulnerable, elderly or immunocompromised.”

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