An umbilical cord care gel imported into Nigeria, from India, by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has blinded five kids in Yobe state.
The drug, Chlorohexidine solution, which is meant to be used in the treatment of neonatal infections in new-borns, manufactured by Galentic Pharma, was allegedly wrongly packaged in India.
The company had packed the solution as eye drops leading parents to use them on eyes.
Despite warnings from the Federal Ministry of Health, UNICEF still went ahead to import the drug into the country.
The Ministry had advised that the drugs be bought in Nigeria.
Several kids have also been affected in Liberia with medical experts predicting more cases to surface.