Bacteria inside herbal concoctions kill, NAFDAC DG warns
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has issued a new warning to Nigerians about herbal concoction hawkers, claiming that they lack proper storage regulations.
Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of NAFDAC, issued the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday.
According to NAN, the NAFDAC chief stated that any medicine sold on the streets or in buses should be avoided due to the unknown source.
“They start producing bacteria in the liquid herbal mixtures after four or five days, especially in the liquid herbal concoctions.”
“Even if the herbal concoction has some medical benefits,” she explained, “the bacterium will kill the person who is consuming it first.”
Some herbal remedies, according to Adeyeye, function, but users must check that they have passed NAFDAC’s safety and efficacy examinations.
“Many of our herbal medications work,” she continued, “but we need to perform a lot more research to explain how they function and at what dosage we should be taking them to avoid toxicity.”
Because of the threat that performance-enhancing drugs pose to many naïve males, the DG warned against their usage.
“Many men have died as a result of using performance-enhancing drugs,” she claimed, “because if they use them and have heart problems or ‘X’ sort of condition, it may easily kill.”
According to Adeyeye, the agency would continue to take a holistic approach.