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COVID-19 : PTF To Clamp Down On FCT Says 63% Of Sanitizers Not Approved By NAFDAC, Warns VIPs

The presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 under the leadership of the Secretary to Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha, discloses that 63% of hand sanitizers marketed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are not registered with the National Agency For Food And Drug Control (NAFDAC).

Boss Mustapha who is the Chairman of the PTF speaking at the daily press briefing of the PTF on Covid-19 in Abuja stressed that the recommendation for use of hand sanitizers was in line with global practice which is expected to make way for production locally due to increase in demand.

He however said,

“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”

Admonishing all well meaning Nigerians, henceforth to stop the manufacturing of sub standard products which endanger the lives of Nigerians who patronize and purchase such goods in innocence. He said,

“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.”

Making reference to the reopening of the Airports by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), he pointed at out that some leaders and VIPs in the country have been reported for non adherence to protocol on Covid-19 at Airports. Warning sternly against such misconduct from Distinguished personalities he said,

“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 travelers 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 behavior 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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