…Raises alarm on fake Covid-19 vaccines in circulation
The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), says it is investigating cause of severe vomiting and blood-in-urine among some Kano residents.
The agency said the victims manifested the symptoms after consuming suspected sachet-water and local drinks suspected to have been prepared with expired and adulterated products.
NAFDAC disclosed that it has collected water samples and flavour products for laboratory analysis, following the outbreak of the yet-to-be ascertained infectious disease.
The Kano state NAFDAC coordinator, Shaba Muhammad, told newsmen yesterday that the samples had been referred to its laboratory in Kaduna for analysis.
According to Muhammad, a team of officials of the agency had visited the infected persons at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Kano, as well as some of the affected areas.
Muhammad said that NAFDAC had scaled up surveillance to check circulation of fake and counterfeit products in the State.
He also urged residents to always check labels of products before consumption.
In a related development, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, has raised an alarm over circulation of fake Covid-19 vaccine in the country.
Recall that Nigeria, on March 2, received 3.92 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines and has since launched the vaccination programme in the country.
Prof. Adeyeye raised the alarm in a statement released yesterday by the agency’s Resident Media Consultant, Sayo Akintola. She warned Nigerians to “refrain from procuring the vaccine online to avoid falling into the wrong hands of merchants of death.
She also warned Nigerians to be vigilant and expose anyone who might want to divert Covid-19 vaccines donated by international donors for profiteering.