NAFDAC Moves To Avert Spread Of Kano Strange Disease 

Ikenna Atanah

The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has collected water samples and flavour products for laboratory analysis, following the outbreak of the strange infectious disease in the Kano metropolis.

The State Coordinator of NAFDAC, Mr Shaba Muhammad, told the media on Monday, March 15, in Kano, that the samples were referred to its laboratory in Kaduna for analysis.

Muhammad said the agency received reports of manifestation of a strange disease suspected to be caused by drinking sachet water and locally processed drinks in the metropolis.

He explained that a team of officials of NAFDAC had visited the infected persons at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH), Kano; and some of the affected areas.

“Reports indicated that the infection involves sachet water as well as local drinks; suspected to be prepared with expired and adulterated products.

“We collected samples of the suspected water and the products for analysis to establish the cause of the disease,” he said.

While urging residents to be vigilant and check the label of the products, Muhammad said the agency had scaled up surveillance; to check the circulation of fake and counterfeit products in the state.

Kano State Ministry of Health had earlier begun an investigation of the strange disease; recorded in parts of Kano Municipal, Kumbotso, and Gwale Local Government Areas of the state.

The infected persons developed symptoms; such as severe vomiting and urine mixed with blood after drinking suspected sachet water and local drink.

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