NAFDAC Warns Against Fake Ebola Test Kits

NAFDAC Warns Against Fake Ebola Test Kits

By Ephraim Adiele | Associate Editor on September 13, 2014
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As news continues to spread about fake Ebola test kits being peddled in the country, the director general of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Paul Orhii has warned Nigerians against purchasing such counterfeit kits and sanitisers amongst other fictitious screening equipment which might have found its way into the Nigerian market.

According to Thisday, Orhii gave the warning while talking to newsmen upon his return from an emergency meeting by the World Health Organisation (WHO)  for  health authorities of member-nations in Geneva in a bid to solve the issue of the Ebola virus once and for all, saying that some vaccines were being clinically evaluated to use to in fighting the disease.

He said “Nigerians must be vigilant because some unscrupulous elements have started exploiting the Ebola virus scare to market counterfeit test kits and sanitary products. There is a great promise that some drugs and vaccines could be found soon to contain the Ebola virus.

“We have some Nigerian remedies that we are looking at very closely and after investigation we hope that they will be able to contain the Ebola virus. So Nigerians do not need to panic. The Federal Government through the efforts of the Federal Ministry of health has managed the situation effectively and halted the rampaging spread of the disease.

“Nigerians are full of commendation and appreciation to President Goodluck Jonathan and the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, for effectively containing the Ebola virus through prompt deployment of adequate funds, material resources and personnel to strategic places.”

In conclusion, the NAFDAC official said Nigerians in diaspora should not be scared to come back home as the threat of the virus has been contained and curtailed within the country by the government

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