By Lillian Ogbonna (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Following reports of the flooding of the market with fake hand sanitizers by shylocks exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has warned the public to be wary of buying these products which are not certified by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Chairman of the PTF, Mr. Boss Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), made this observation on Thursday during a routine press briefing by the task force in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
According to Mustapha, a large cache of alcohol-based hand sanitisers on sale in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was not registered with NAFDAC, adding that although the increased demand for hand sanitizers ought to stimulate local production, the influx of substandard products into the market had become worrisome.
Speaking further, the SGF said that “following a survey conducted by the Nigeria Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) to check the influx of substandard goods into the market, it was revealed that 63% of alcohol-based sanitizers in Abuja do not have NAFDAC registration numbers.
“There could also be similar situations around the country. The Honourable Minister of Health has consequently issued an advisory to the general public to procure their sanitisers and other pharmaceutical products from credible sources.”