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NAFDAC to tackle use of Azo-dyes in Palm Oil, `Sniper’ as food preservative, others

By Ekeoma Ogwo and Augusta Uchediunor

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) indicates that measures are in place to sensitize Nigerians to some major public health challenges.

According to her, some of the various offenses that negatively impact public health and the healthcare delivery system include the use of azo dyes in palm oil and the “sniper” to preserve food.

Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, Director General of NAFDAC, made the statement when launching the agency’s awareness campaigns in Lagos on Tuesday.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that the awareness campaign is taking place across the country.

According to her, the themes of the campaign are multifaceted with clear, concise, informative and educational messages aimed at raising awareness and

“These campaign themes aim to combat the dangers of buying drugs from hawkers and codeine abuse and self-medication, especially among young people.

“The dangerous effects of using a tanker to load peanut oil, the dangerous practice of using potassium bromate to bake bread and the use of azo dyes in palm oil that causes cancer.

“Also, the dangers of using ‘Sniper’ to preserve any type of food or to keep flies away from meat, the dangers of trans fats and excessive oil consumption.

“In addition, the use of formalin on foods and its associated health risks as well as the low level of exclusive breastfeeding practice by nursing mothers and its associated health risks. “

According to the CEO of NAFDAC, the public awareness campaign is one of the real regulatory mechanisms put in place by NAFDAC to promote and protect the health of our populations.

“Well-informed, aware and educated citizens are the foundation of effective regulation.

“This is why today’s event is another important step in our attempt to protect Nigerians from the deleterious effects of unhealthy food, falsified medical products, harmful cosmetics, poor quality water and other lower quality regulated products.

“The key objective of this outreach program is to intensify and broaden the reach of our informal and formal behavior change communication strategies to reach vulnerable communities, especially at the grassroots.

“The dissemination of information on food and drug safety is an important aspect of our regulatory work. “

Adeyeye also acknowledged that Nigeria was not excluded from the global problem of adulterated medical products and unhealthy food.

The head of NAFDAC said the awareness campaign will contribute to the federal government’s efforts to tackle the problem of unregulated food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products in the country, especially in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic. .

“The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the problem of the challenge posed by substandard and falsified personal protective equipment (PPE).

“Awareness campaigns will therefore make a significant contribution to the federal government’s concerted efforts to inform, educate, educate and alert the public to the dangers inherent in the consumption and use of these fake regulated products.

She said media, youth organizations and civil societies in pilot states will be at the forefront of awareness campaigns targeting traders, road transport workers and employers, community youth organizations and students.

Adeyeye called on the general public to maintain their support and partnership with NAFDAC in the awareness campaign for the benefit of all.

“Our ultimate goal is to ensure that diverse communities take ownership of the care and management of their own health.

“Therefore, we expect that at the end of the campaigns, participants and target audiences will become reliable partners and allies of NAFDAC.

“And be at the forefront of supporting public awareness campaigns by disseminating information and messages at the grassroots,” she said. www.

Source: NAN

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