The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, on Thursday, revealed that about 63 per cent of alcohol-based hand sanitisers in circulation in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, may not be genuine.
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Boss Mustapha, PTF chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said most of the hand sanitizers are not registered.
Speaking at the PTF briefing in Abuja, he said the Minister of Health has issued an advisory to the public to procure pharmaceutical products from credible sources.
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“As part of the non-pharmaceutical measures, we recommended in line with global practice, the use of hand sanitizers. Ordinarily, that ought to stimulate local production because of increased demand”, he said.
“We regret to inform you that following a survey conducted by the Nigeria Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) to check the influx of substandard goods, it was revealed that 63 per cent of alcohol-based sanitizers in Abuja does not have NAFDAC registration numbers. There could also be similar situations around the country.
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“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”.
Mustapha also deplored the violation of airport COVID-19 protocols by dignitaries in the country.
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Former Zamfara State governor, Abdulaziz Yari, was on Wednesday, accused by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), of flouting safety protocols at the Malam Aminu Kano International airport, in Kano, last Saturday.
“We have received reports about violations by some dignitaries who failed to follow the protocols at our airports.
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“We believe leaders must lead by example. In truth, as leaders and followers, we must change our behaviour if we must overcome the pandemic.
“This virus does not discriminate by status, age, tribe, creed or color. All we require is diligent compliance and vigilance,” he also said.