Over 110 hand sanitiser production Coys registered in Nigeria ― NAFDAC

Over 110 hand sanitiser production Coys registered in Nigeria ― NAFDAC
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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says over 110 hand sanitiser manufacturing firms are presently working in Nigeria following the appearance of COVID-19 pandemic.

Its Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, made this identified on Wednesday throughout a digital assembly organised by the Lagos Business School Sustainability Centre.

The focus was: “LBS Sustainability Centre: COVID-19 in Africa and the Impact on Medical Products and Technologies: What We Know and What We Should Be Doing.”

Adeyeye stated when the pandemic began, it was a wild wind for the regulatory company as a result of they have been caught unexpectedly and every thing stopped as they needed to concentrate on COVID-19 pandemic.

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She stated: “There was full lockdown in chosen states of Lagos, Ogun and FCT; so, we needed to rapidly begin utilizing adaptive regulatory actions with solely important employees.

“There have been too many issues occurring on the identical time, however we needed to expedite approval processes.

“We truly lower it right down to 10 days as a substitute of months that we had earlier than.

“For alcohol-based hand sanitisers, there was intensification of submissions and approvals.

“In January 2020, we had about 21 hand sanitising firms in Nigeria earlier than COVID-19, now now we have over 110 hand sanitising firms registered in our database.’’

According to her, 55 manufacturers of hand sanitisers have been issued emergency approval to be used throughout the 4 weeks COVID-19 countrywide lockdown.

Adeyeye stated that expedited approvals have been being given, and NAFDAC couldn’t examine the websites due to lockdown, and since it was simply in the beginning of the pandemic.

“We weren’t even ready to get all of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) wanted.

“However, we went into the market on surveillance, we needed to go to open markets.

“ We began in Lagos, then unfold throughout the nation, as a result of with the pandemic got here unregistered hand sanitisers, falsified hand sanitisers.

“But, we did our due diligence by way of each market surveillance which included mopping of many sanitisers from the market, doing laboratory testing to know the extent of alcohol.

“There have been some that had low ranges of alcohol, and we mopped them from the market,’’ the NAFDAC director-general stated.

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