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NAFDAC Alerts Nigerians on Substandard, Contaminated Syrup

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)
has notified the public about five contaminated syrups allegedly going round in World Health Organisation (WHO) regions.

The notification is contained in a public alert No. 037/2023, signed by the Director-General of the agency, Prof.

Mojisola
Adeyeye, a copy of which was obtained in Abuja on Monday.

The agency listed the WHO regions to include: America, Eastern Mediterranean, South-East Asia and Western Pacific.

It stated that the five oral liquid dosage forms (syrup and suspension) were also detected in the Maldives and Pakistan,
and that some of the affected products have also been detected in Belize, Fiji and Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

The agency listed the sysrups as: ALERGO Syrup, EMIDONE Suspension, MUCORID Syrup, ULCOFIN Suspension
and ZINCELL Syrup, adding that “a total of 23 batches of the products are affected and the stated manufacturer is
PHARMIX LABORATORIES (PVT.) LTD (Pakistan).

“In November 2023, samples of five different batches of ALERGO syrup were screened for non-compliance by the quality
control laboratory of the Maldives Food and Drug Authority (MFDA).

“This is in accordance with the Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) test for Diethylene Glycol and Ethylene Glycol for
inclusion in the International Pharmacopoeia.

“The routine screening detected potentially unacceptable amounts of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol as contaminants.

“Laboratory testing conducted by the Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia (TGA) confirmed that all five batches
were contaminated with ethylene glycol at levels ranging from 0.62 to 0.82 per cent w/w relative to the accepted limit
of not more than 0.10% w/w.

“A follow-on inspection of PHARMIX LABORATORIES (PVT.) LTD was conducted by the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP).

“The DRAP review of the manufacturing facility and manufacturing records suggested that diethylene glycol/ethylene glycol as contaminants may be present in other products and batches manufactured by PHARMIX LABORATORIES (PVT.) LTD.

“The safety and quality of these products can, therefore, not be guaranteed,” Adeyeye quoted DRAP as saying.

The NAFDAC boss said that as precautionary measure, DRAP had instructed PHARMIX LABORATORIES to stop production of all oral liquid dosage medicines and issued
a Recall Alert for the five different oral dosage manufactured by the company.

She disclosed that Diethylene Glycol and Ethylene Glycol are toxic to humans when consumed and can prove fatal.

According to her, toxic effects can include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, inability to pass urine, headache, altered mental state, and acute kidney injury which may lead to death.

The NAFDAC boss stated that manufacturers of liquid dosage forms, especially syrups that contain excipients, are at risk of contamination with EG/DEG such as glycol, sorbitol, and/or glycerin/glycerol.

Adeyeye added that the substandard products referenced in the alert are unsafe and that their use, especially in children, may result to serious injury or death.

She stated that although the products are not registered by NAFDAC, they may have been distributed through formal and informal markets to other countries or regions, including Nigeria.

She implored importers, distributors, retailers and consumers to exercise caution and increase vigilance within the supply chain to avoid the importation, distribution, sale and use of the substandard cough syrups.

She said all medical products must be obtained from authorised/licensed suppliers, adding that products’ authenticity and physical condition should be carefully checked when buying.

The director-general advised the public, who are in possession of the listed products not to sell or use the products, but submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.

She urged those who may have used the products to seek immediate medical advice from qualified healthcare professionals.

She also advised healthcare professionals and consumers to report any suspicion of adverse drug reactions, or substandard and falsified medicines to the nearest NAFDAC office on
0800-162-3322 or via email: sf.alert@nafdac.gov.ng.

She encouraged healthcare professionals and patients to report adverse or side effects related to the use of the medicinal product to the nearest NAFDAC office, or
through the use of E-reporting platforms available on the NAFDAC website www.nafdac.gov.ng or via the Med- safety application available for download and IOS stores or via e-mail on pharmacovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng (NAN)

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NEC Moves to End Economic Hardship, Enhance Food Security

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The National Economic Council (NEC) has taken bold steps to ensure food security and put an end to the economic challenges confronting the nation.

Reports says that the council also pledged to make fertiliser available to farmers and to establish Agro-Rangers to tackle insecurity in farms.

The decision was taken on Thursday during the 139th meeting of the Council held virtually and chaired by Vice President Kashim Shettima.

NEC noted that fertiliser was a major ingredient of agricultural productivity which the government is striving to attain.

The council, therefore, urged the state governors to embrace modern agricultural practices to increase productivity.

It also considered the establishment of Agro-Rangers in the short-term and the creation of state police in the long-term to address security threats on farmers.

This was after a presentation by the Minister of Police Affairs, Sen. Ibrahim Geidam.

Reports says that government is also planning to release 42,000 metric tonnes of food commodities from the National Strategic Reserve to address rising prices.

In his presentation on food security, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Kyari Abubakar, called for action against dollarisation of locally produced commodities like urea.

According to him, urea is impacting negatively on fertilizer prices and agricultural productivity.

Commenting on the presentation, Shettima, directed a meeting of the Federal Government with major fertilizer producers, including Indorama, Dangote and Notore.

He said with collective efforts in developing a clear and actionable roadmap through short-term, medium, and long-term strategies, Nigeria would overcome its economic challenges.

Shettima called for sound economic decisions that would reverberate with the expectations of Nigerians.

He regretted that Nigeria had been a victim of strong averseness to evolving and keeping up with the changing global economic order.

This, according to him, leads to a situation where making difficult decisions to maximise its potential has become inevitable.

” We must either redirect the economy towards a place of boom and competitiveness or brace for an impact we are unlikely to survive.

” So, beyond the heritage of our financial and monetary fiascos, we must compare notes to understand the interconnectedness of the dysfunctions in each sector of the economy.”

Shettima told council members that it was President Bola Tinubu’s desire that they all stand together to collectively proffer solutions to safeguard the nation’s economy from imminent implosion.

He observed that while the wealth of every nation is in the belly of its citizens, the government has a long distance to cover in its interventions to enhance food availability and affordability.

” The call to secure and liberate areas under threat from violence, most of which are arable lands owned by our farming communities, is not just a matter of security but a strategic move to revive the economic lifeblood of our nation.”

Shettima noted that the citizens are only keen about tangible results.

” While economic experts foresaw this transitional phase on our journey to a flourishing future, it is crucial to recognize that the ordinary citizen on the street is not concerned with any economic theory.

” Their daily concerns are anchored in the tangible. They are more interested in the price of maize than the predictions of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

”So, as we deliberate on intricate economic strategies today, let us remain attuned to the heartbeat of the nation.

” We must ensure that our decisions resonate with the aspirations of the common man and woman who entrust us with their hopes and dreams.”

The Vice President, who acknowledged that the country was in the midst of a pervasive emergency, urged state governors, ministers and other NEC members to align with the realities on ground. (NAN)

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Over 4,000 Officers to Partake in 2024 Police Games in Oyo – FPPRO

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No fewer than 4,000 police officers across the country will converge in Ibadan for the 14th Biennial Police Games coming up from Feb. 24 to March 2 in Ibadan.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPPRO), ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, stated this while addressing newsmen on preparation for the game tagged “Oluyole 2024” on Thursday in Ibadan.

He said that the theme of the game, “Competing for Peace, Unity, Stability and Development of Nigeria”, was strategically picked to identify good talents that would join hands with government in producing good brains that would develop nation’s sports.

Adejobi noted that 17 contingents from the 17 Zonal Commands in the force would be competing at the biennial event.

He added that the game would also featured sports contingents from sisters security agencies and departments.

“Nigeria Police Force(NPF) has a very good history when it comes to sports development in Nigeria.

“For many years NPF has been at the forefront of projecting and producing talents in all sports arena in Nigeria and globally.

“We have produced a very large number of athletes in football, volleyball, basketball and other games. We know that if an officer is not mentally and physically fit, such officer can not discharge duties as gallant officer or the security agent.

“We are doing this in preparation to attain our primacy in the internal security of this country, ” he said.

The Force Spokesperson assured Nigerians that the game would not reduce effective policing across the country as adequate arrangements had been made to ensure that maximum security of lives and properties across the country.

Also speaking, the Oyo State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Wasilat Adegoke, said the game would positively contribute to the socio-economic development of the state.

The Commissioner noted that the state government had fully prepared to make the eight days event a success.

“The administration of Gov. Seyi Makinde enables potentials and believes that the police games will be one of the platforms to discover new talents for the state and country at large.

“Several stadia have been prepared to ensure that everything needed by officers is adequately provided. We are hoping that the tournament would produce talents for olympic games and other global competitions, “she said.

Reports says that the 13th Biennial Police Games, was held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State from Nov. 23 to Nov. 30, 2022.(NAN)

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Labour Ministry Awards 22 Workers for Dedication, Hardwork

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The Ministry of Labour and Employment has honoured 22 officers with the 2023 Ministerial Service Award for excellence and productivity.

At the award ceremony which took place on Thursday in Abuja, Mrs Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Minister of State for Labour and Employment enjoined the recipients not to lose sight of the responsibility assiciated with the achievement.

Onyejeocha, represented by Mr Emmanuel Igbinosun, Director, Productivity Measurement and Labour Standards .

congratulated the awardees on the honour bestowed on them.

According to her, the award reinforced the belief that dedication, hard work, and passion for one’s craft could lead to exceptional outcomes.

The minister urged the awardees to use the opportunity of the recognition to inspire and uplift others, fostering a culture of excellence with the nation.

“The awards are not only a reflection of your efforts but also a celebration of the collaborative spirit of the public service that propels us toward excellence,”she said.

Earlier, Mr Ismaila Abubakar, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said the ceremony was  to celebrate those that exhibited exceptional commitment and dedication to service, as part of the commemoration of African Public Service Day.

He urged the awardees to continue to strive for excellence, and be motivated by the award to contribute meaningfully to the mandate of the ministry and the public service shared goals.

Reports says that the awardees were drawn from the directorate and middle cadre of both the ministry and its agencies .

The agencies are the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP), National Directorate of Employment (NDE), and National Productivity Centre (NPC)(NAN)

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