The Rivers zonal office of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned pharmacies and shop owners in the state against the sale of expired and unregistered products.
The warning is contained in a statement issued by the state Coordinator, Chinelo Ejeh on Friday.
Ejeh stated that officials of the agency in Rivers State have been mopping up unregistered hand sanitizers found in supermarkets, pharmacies and other selling outlets.
She said that the agency would sanction any outlet that has expired product(s), adding that COVID-19 lockdown should not be an excuse to sell expired products that are harmful to the people.
The coordinator noted that “NAFDAC in Rivers State has continued to carry out its regulatory activities, even during the lockdown period as an essential service provider, in conformity with the COVID-19 protocol.
“The aim is to ensure that loopholes are not created for fake and unwholesome products to thrive.”
She called on the public to always avail the agency with relevant information that would lead to saving lives.
In a related development, NAFDAC officials in Delta State have visited 35 pharmacies and patent medicine outlets where unregistered hand sanitizers were mopped up.
The state Coordinator, Jude Ndekile, said in a statement that the manufacturer of the unregistered sanitizer has been tracked down.
Ndekile noted that the case has been handed over to the agency’s investigation and enforcement directorate in Asaba for further action.