The Agency impounded 104 brands of expired hand sanitisers and fake Ebola kits at the various nation borders.
Addressing journalists, Dr. Paul Orhii, NAFDAC Director-General said,“So far, we have quarantined 104 brands that were illegally imported into the country without certification by NAFDAC. It is worrisome to observe that some unscrupulous businessmen have turned the country into a dumping ground by bringing in all sorts of products including expired hand sanitisers.
“We detected that some companies in Lagos were marketing and selling unevaluated and untested Rapid Response Ebola Virus Test Kit manufactured in Canada.We also found out that the suspect, Mr. John Ojewale was already making contact with a company in China with a view to counterfeiting the ‘ Ebola testing kit,’ Orhii said.
Orhii warned that counterfeiters have flooded the Nigerian market with expired hand sanitisers and fake Ebola testing kits. He called on users of hand sanitisers to be careful of what they buy.
He explained that the danger associated with the use of substandard hand sanitisers and untested Ebola test kits was indeed grave and could derail all efforts put in place to contain the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country. He called for the prosecution offenders in order to protect and promote public health.
He appealed to the media to vehemently support national efforts to contain the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, by ascertaining claims of a cure for Ebola from officials at the agency’s offices.