“Baba Aisha’s documentary is heartbreaking” — NAFDAC reacts

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC) has reacted to a recent investigation by DUBAWA and PREMIUM TIMES exposing the dangers posed by a popular herbal product named Baba Aisha Herbal Medicine.

During a Twitter space on Thursday, Nantim Dadi, the Special Adviser to the Director General of NAFDAC Moji Adeyeye, described the documentary expose as “heartbreaking”.

Mr Dadi said it is worrisome to see Nigerians who cannot read what is on the label of medicines ingesting what can adversely affect their health. 

He was reacting to an investigation which shed light on the content, safety and regulatory framework guiding the production and sale of Baba Aisha herbal products consumed by many Nigerians.

“It is heartbreaking, some Nigerians are without understanding, they don’t have the ability to read the label, someone has to guide them for them to have proper access to proper medications,” he said.

After a five-month-long probe, DUBAWA and PREMIUM TIMES found that the herbal medicine carries two invalid NAFDAC registration numbers and is a huge safety risk to users.

Extensive laboratory analysis also indicates that continuous consumption of the concoction could lead to acute kidney, lung and liver injuries.

The investigation placed NAFDAC in the spotlight as public members questioned how the producer got his initial registration done without meeting basic requirements, among other infractions.

Meanwhile, operatives of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Wednesday stormed the premises of Sacra Multi-Links Limited, where the popular herbal product, Baba Aisha Herbal Medicine, was being produced.

This follows NAFDAC’s confirmation that it had commenced an investigation into the findings by the online newspaper.

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