DRUGS & FOODS BANNED BY THE SOUTH SUDAN DRUG AUTHORITY BUT STILL IN THE MARKET
The South Sudan Food and Drug Authority has of 2nd June 2020 banned the sale and consumption of SAWA SAWA Drink which has been commonly used by Juba Residents as immune boosters and possibly a cure for corona virus.
This was aired yesterday on South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation SSBC by Mr. Peter Aguek the Director General of national FDCA.
South Sudan concerned youths took the power of Social Media and personal websites to call for the verification of the Drink has it didn’t even have the verification or standard of quality mark from its origin country which is Uganda. Some youths took to call the numbers on the bottle but all they get is that the drink is good for consumption.
“The Uganda Bureau of Standards verifies every product in its Country before its Exported to other countries but for SAWA SAWA Drink, this hasn’t been done, this is why we the youths are asking our own FDCA to look into this matter, because the consumption of this product is on high demand, the streets are filled with on SAWA SAWA bottles, its rare to even find soda bottles” says one Anthony
SAWA SAWA drink is said to cure a lot of Sickness as it is made from Honey, Ginger, Onions, Garlic, Moringa, Pineapple, Green Tea, Aloe Vera among others. One Youth Said, If our Drug Authority Confirms this, then we shall question their credibility, but we request traders to sale consumables only approved by the FDCA.
Corona Virus has come with a lot of business opportunity for some people, this has made them to produce substandard products and are all over the market, the FDCA has recently banned some drugs and sanitizers in the market, but due to lack of serious campaigns and strict measures, almost all the banned consumables are still in the market.
SOME OF THE BANNED CONSUMABLES, DRUGS & PRODUCTS STILL IN THE MARKET INCLUDE
FDCA has taken step to ban some drugs, products and consumables in the Market but still traders are seen selling these BANNED items. Recently FDCA banned some sanitizers listed below, the FDCA also banned bleaching Creams, and some drugs which are still in the market. For you to be safe, please make sure you purchase the right product for your own safety.
THE BANNED SANITERS INCLUDE
The Drug and Food Control Authority of South Sudan has released a list of 13 brands of hand sanitizers that are not fit for public use.
The list was provided by the Uganda National Drug Authority after the various products failed quality control tests.
The alert comes amid a high demand of sanitizers to use as protection from the coronavirus.
The Drug and Food Control Authority, DFCA of South Sudan has issued an order withdrawing the substandard hand sanitizers from the market.
The Authority’s Secretary General, Mawien Atem Mawien says inspectors are collecting the products from shelves in markets and pharmacies.
KILN, SAFE HANDS, ONE STEP HAND SANITIZER, ZEST HAND SANITIZER,MICROCODE, ARROWS, ONESTEP, CHARMENS, RIYO, MAKPARM, NISSI, INSTAND BACT FREE, KLEANS
ALL BLEACHING AND SKIN LIGHTING PRODUCTS
South Sudan’s Drugs and Food Control Authority (DFCA) has banned importation and sale of all skin lightening products.
Mawien Atem Mawien, secretary general of DFCA, said the ban seeks to protect the people of South Sudan from being exposed to harmful chemicals used in manufacturing skin bleaching cosmetics.
“All the whitening or bleaching creams are prohibited for import without any approval from DFCA, most especially those that contain mercury and hydroquinone,’’ Mr Mawien told reporters on Tuesday.
The regulatory body ordered all cosmetic dealers in the country to obtain new import licences in an effort to regulate their business.
“It is very clear that cosmetics are being used in South Sudan without any discrimination despite the fact that they contain so many chemicals.
“No cosmetics will be brought to the Republic of South Sudan without the approval of DFCA. Anything outside the right channel will be deemed illegal,’’ Mr Mawien said.
Skin lightening or whitening is common in South Sudan especially among the youth.
It, however, remains unclear whether the ban will be effective as several other bans on polythene bags and export of charcoal have so far failed to materialise.
South Sudan’s ban follows similar moves by Rwanda, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana, where the importation of such products is prohibited.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), skin bleaching using soaps or creams containing chemicals such as mercury can cause diverse health effects on the human body.
FDCA ALSO BANNED SOME DRUGS.
South Sudan Food and Drug Control Authority has issued a recall notice for all substandard drugs in the market reportedly manufactured by two pharmaceutical companies in Uganda.
The drugs include Diclofenac injection, Quinine injection 300mg, Cloxacillin injection 500g, Lidocaine injection 20mg, Aminophylline 25mg, Atropine injection 25 mg, Metodopramide injection 5mg, calcium gluconate 10%, Promethazine injection 25mg, Vitamin B complex injection, Indomethacin 25 mg capsules, Tetracycline 25mg capsules and Chlorpromazine 25mg.
With the disclosure made, how are you protecting your self as an individual and what should be done to protect citizens against these substandard drugs that may still be on the market?
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE FUNCTIONS OF FDCA
Functions of the FDCA
- a) Ensure adequate and effective standards for food, drugs, cosmetics, household chemicals and medical devices;
- b) Monitor through the State Assemblies and any other agency of State compliance with the provisions of the Public Health Act
- c)Advise the Health Minister on measures for the protection of the health of consumers;
- d)Advise the Health Minister on the preparation of effective Regulations for the implementation of P of the Public Health Act
- e)Approve the initiation and conduct of clinical trials in the country;
- f) Perform any other functions that are ancillary to attaining the objects of the Authority;
To boost your immune system in this pandemic here are some tips
We need to quickly boost our body immunity to prepare for a possible fight with COVID-19.
Proceed to prepare an effective immunity booster as follows:
Blend the following in a blender for 5mins:
1)One litre of hot water
4)Big (fleshy) onion 1
5)Ginger (thumb size) 4
6)Red pepper 5
Let it cool down. Take 2 tablespoons 8hrly.
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