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NAFDAC Tackles UNICEF Over Drug Misuse

Posted: Sep 9, 2015 at 12:26 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Following the alarm by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) that some mothers in Yobe and Adamawa states have been administering an antibiotic, Chlorhexidine, meant for treating umbilical cord infections, on the eyes of their babies, thus causing blindness, the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has vowed to sanction the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for “wrongfully distributing the unregistered drug in an unauthorized manner.”

Director General of the Agency, Dr Paul Orhii, and the Director for Drug Evaluation and Research, Titilayo Owolabi, reacting to the NMA’s disclosure, affirmed that investigation has revealed that the drug was part of the kit given to mothers in an on-going UNICEF project in the two states.

According to Orhii, “Our team of experts were actually in the states to verify the allegation and discovered that the drug which is presented in a solution form was contained in the maternal kit freely given to mothers during antenatal visits and was actually meant to be used on cleaning the umbilical cords of newborn.