The National Agency Food Drug and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Wednesday smashed a syndicate who specialised in the sale and distribution of fertility-enhancing vaccine in Onitsha, Anambra.
The agency confiscated thousands of doses of 16 different kinds of the vaccine during the operation.
Benson Kine, the Deputy Director of NAFDAC’s Special Zonal Office, Onitsha, disclosed this in Onitsha.
He said the agency was able to uncover the syndicate when it acted on intelligence reports from the agency’s enforcement directorate in Abuja on the group’s activities.
According to Mr. Kine, a fake nurse, Blessing Umeh, was found to be in possession of the said vaccines in Abuja.
The deputy director said that Mrs. Umeh claimed that she bought the vaccine from one Eucharia on Chidex Line of Bridge-Head Drug Market, Onitsha.
He said the agency was able to trace the said Eucharia to the drug market where she confessed to sourcing the vaccine and other unregistered drugs from Ghana.
Mr. Kine quoted Eucharia as saying that she had been in the business for some time now.
“When you have a deep cut you would feel that by taking this vaccine you have been protected from tetanus, only to find out that it is not working; that the person dies because the vaccine was not under cold storage.
“So it is dangerous to sell all these vaccines in the open market where we cannot vouch for the storage condition; that is why government does not encourage that.
“So it’s very dangerous and very deadly; polio vaccines are there, vaccines for measles are there, meningitis and yet you can’t vouch for the storage condition of the vaccines.
“So, we don’t encourage it; we encourage people to go to government hospitals when they have deep cuts or any need for vaccines; they should go to government hospitals.” The confiscated vaccines include SII Tetanus; Envax B injectable Hepatitus B Vaccine; Glutamate BCG (Japan); Polioral Attenuated Oral
Polio; Meningococcal A and C; and Vax-MEN-AC Meningococcal.
SII Meningococcal A Conjugate; Diluent for Meningococcal A Conjugate; Measles Vaccine Live Attenuated (SII); TT Vaccine Biofarma (Indonesia); and DTP Vaccine Bioframa (Indonesia) were also among the vaccines impunded by officials of the agency.
The rest are SII DTP and Hepatitis B Vaccine; Sanofil Pastuer D.T. COQD.T.P.; Paraldehyde Injection; Oral Polio Vaccine; and Vitamin A Capsules 200,000 i.u.