Nigeria alerts consumers to substandard sanitisers in circulation

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

In its continued effort at protecting the well-being of the Nigerian consumers of the product amid the outbreak of the deadly novel Coronavirus, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Honourable Minister for Health, has revealed that a recent study by a research institution in the Federal Ministry of Health found that there are substandard sanitiers in the nation’s markets.

Dr. Ehanire, who disclosed this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 media briefing in Abuja, FCT, gave an advisory on identifying standard sanitisers in the markets.

In doing this, the Minister emphasised the significance of checking the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) number and ingredients used in producing a sanitiser brand.

Ehanire stated: “I will start by using the opportunity to issue an advisory on sanitiser. You will see a lot of sanitisers out in the market.

“A study carried out by research institution in the Ministry of Health has shown not all of them are up to standard.

“In buying sanitisers, there is an advisory I will like to share. You must look first of all at the NAFDAC number. A sanitiser should have a NAFDAC number.”

He as well noted that it should have a place where the ingredients are displayed.

“You must see that it contains a minimum of 60% alcohol. If it is anything different from that, the sanitiser is not going to do the job you think it is doing,” the Minister said.

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