In reaction to public outcry and apparently sensing the danger the continuous public hawking of these unwholesome drugs(roots, and herbs) and food poses to the health of unsuspecting members of the public, Akwa Ibom State government through the Ministry of Health has banned all forms of street display and sales of such products.
In a public announcement signed by the Director Pharamceutical Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Mary Ukpong on behalf of the Health Commissioner, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, the Ministry in the press statement obtained by this medium, has banned the ‘sales, hawking and distribution of food and drugs and any form of cleansers’
The statement reads in parts “The drugs according to dispensers claims to provide cure for typhoid, diabetis, epilepsy, among others. The Ministry said the ‘claims have not been scientifically confirmed, stating that these products have been linked to kidney failure and other health conditions.
The statement has advised members of the public to exercise caution in consumption of un-prescribed herbs and roots.
Law enforcement agents have been put on alert, while a Task Force is being set on motion to enforce the ban order.