…10 persons confirmed dead, 400 others hospitalized

… Juice contain “Hyroxylamine”, a chemical used for terrorism — NAFDAC

… Killer juice attack victim’s kidneys, other vital organs of the body

…50 victims undergoing kidney-related treatments in various hospitals

KANO state government has warned residents in the state against the purchase of fake juice drinks circulating in the state that has so far claimed ten lives with 400 others hospitalized. The state Commissioner for Health, Ibrahim Tsanyawa who gave the warning yesterday while giving an update on the killer drinks said 50 victims are undergoing kidney-related treatments in various hospitals after consumption of “substandard and fake juice” in the state.

According to the Commissioner, the consumption of the said fake juices has affected the victim’s kidneys and other vital organs of the body. “As you are aware, the Ministry of Health had in the recent past announced the outbreak of a strange disease traceable to the consumption of substandard juices. “The consumption of this fake and substandard product has telling effects on the kidney and other vital organs of the body.

“Due to excessive heat that coincides with Ramadan, there is a possibility for high patronage of juices; I want to use this opportunity to caution residents to be on the watch-out”, the Commissioner stated. Also speaking on the outbreak of the strange disease, the Public Relations Officer of the State’s Ministry of Health, Hadiza Namadi also warned the residents against taking the drinks which according to her are still in the market. It would be recalled that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC had said the flavoured drinks contain a poisonous chemical called “Hyroxylamine” a chemical used for terrorism.

Kano State government had in March 2021 reported the outbreak of a strange infection initially suspected to be caused by drinking sachet water and locally processed drinks, which led to the death of three persons and hospitalization of over 180 others. However, the DirectorGeneral of NAFDAC, Mojisola Adeyeye in a statement signed by the agency’s Resident Media Consultant, Sayo Akintola said the chemical found in the drink did not pass through the agency, as there are no records at the Chemical Evaluation and Research Directorate to suggest that permission was given to anyone to import the chemical into the country.

She added that internal checks at the Ports Inspection Directorate revealed that the chemical was not imported through the ports. “Definitely, it was smuggled into the country,’’ Adeyeye said. She noted that before any chemical can be legally imported into Nigeria, full authorization and permit must be obtained from NAFDAC to ensure that no dangerous chemicals are brought into the country and used to the detriment of the Nigerians.

“Having tested the addictive chemical, it was discovered to be Hydroxylamine. It’s poison. Sometimes it is used for terrorism. This is sad because it involved people dying,” the statement quoted the DG to have said.


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