- The federal government has warned that about 63% of sanitisers in circulation are counterfeit
- The chairman of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at a press briefing
- According to him, the minister of health has already issued an advisory to Nigerians to buy products from only credible sources
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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has warned that about 63% of alcohol-based hand sanitisers in circulation may not be genuine.
The chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, while disclosing this on Thursday, July 16, in Abuja noted that majority of the hand sanitisers are not registered, The Nation reports.
According to a survey carried out by the Nigeria Institute for Pharm*ceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), 63% of alcohol-based sanitizers in Abuja does not have NAFDAC registration numbers.
Mustapha speaking at the PTF briefing said the minister of health had issued an advisory to the public to purchase pharm*ceutical products from only credible sources.
The task force further appealed to Nigerians to desist from manufacturing sub-standard products that could further endanger others who innocently buy them.
He said: “We regret to inform you that following a survey conducted by the Nigeria Institute for Pharm*ceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) to check the influx of substandard goods, it was revealed that 63 percent of alcohol-based sanitizers in Abuja does not have NAFDAC registration numbers. There could also be similar situations around the country.
“The PTF appeals to the patriotic spirit of Nigerians and request that they desist from manufacturing sub-standard goods which could further endanger other unsuspecting Nigerians who innocently purchase them.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, has taken the lead in creatively producing hand sanitisers to combat the shortage of medical supply in this pandemic period.
The sanitisers were produced by the institution’s department of science and laboratory in partnership with Women in Technical Education (WITED) as a way to deal with scarcity.
In commenting on the production, the acting rector of the polytechnic, Adeoye Odedeji, said the product adhered to international standards.
Similarly, the Nigerian Armed Forces has produced 18,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits in a bid to support the federal government's efforts in containing the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Major General John Enenche, the coordinator of Defence Media Operations, said in a statement on Monday, April 20, that the move was in response to the directive from the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) asking the Armed Forces to come up with a strategic intervention to support the federal government.
The PPE kits were produced by the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), a division of the Armed Forces that produces defence equipment.
In other news, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said 24% of households in Nigeria do not have sufficient soap to wash hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The NBS stated this in a report released on Tuesday, July 14. According to the report, 7% of households reported insufficient water for washing hands.
“The most readily available COVID-19 preventative measure is washing hands with soap and water; however, insufficient access to soap and water for washing is a hindrance for some households,” the report stated.
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