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ONITSHA: NAFDAC Confiscates Counterfeit Antiseptics Products, Nabs 3 suspects



ONITSHA: NAFDAC Confiscates Counterfeit Antiseptics Products, Nabs 3 suspects

The Taskforce on Counterfeit of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has confiscated hundreds of counterfeit liquid antiseptics and bleaching agents in a raid in Onitsha, Anambra state.

Dr. Christiana Esenwah, the Deputy Director, NAFDAC Directorate of Investigation and Enforcement, said on Thursday in Asaba that officials of the task force also nabbed three suspects during the raids.

“These products you are seeing here are counterfeits. These three suspects were arrested with the products in Ochanja and Relief markets in Onitsha on Dec. 14, 2022.

“The raid followed a petition from the makers of the original products.

“The brand owners sent a petition to NAFDAC that their products are being counterfeited in the markets so we moved in and got these three suspects with the products.

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“The exhibits recovered from them include over five cartoons filled with counterfeit products and the suspects are here with us.

“The suspects are undergoing interrogation and after that, they will be prosecuted,” she said.

One of the suspects, who gave his name simply as Emma, said he regretted going into the illicit business.

He said he was compelled to venture into the business in order to take care of his father who is very sick and bedridden.

“I knew what I was doing was wrong but I didn’t have an option. I learned a trade but after my service year, I didn’t have anyone to help me establish.

“When I returned home, I met my father down with sickness, with no help anywhere. So I approached one of my friends who taught me how to produce these products.

“I have only been in the business for about three months now. I need help to take care of my father’s medical bills,” Emma said.

However, the other two suspects told NAFDAC officials that they were not the producers of the product, but only selling them in the market to make ends meet.

One of them, who gave his name as Okey, aged 26, said he buys the products in the market and in turn, sells them off to buyers to make profit.

“I don’t produce these products; I only sell to buyers in the market. I have been doing the business for a long time because I make profit from it,” he said. 

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Heavy Downpour Leaves Lagos-Badagry Expressway Flooded; Residents Groan 



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Hundreds of motorists and passengers going to Mile 2 were on Saturday stranded as flood from morning downpour disrupted free movement on the Trade Fair and Abule -Ado axis of the Lagos- Badagry Expressway.

The resultant flood from the downpour also blocked the trade fair axis, temporarily impeding the movement of vehicles on the expressway.

NAN also reports that the rainfall, which started at 5.00 a.m. and continued for hours, forced many passengers to come down from commercial vehicles and resort to trekking from Abule-Ado to Barracks in Ojo.

Some passengers and motorists urged the Lagos State Government to clear the drainage to avert such flood incidents.

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*Lagos State Governor, Sanwo-Olu

Mrs Ibironke Adegboyega, a trader in Ebute-Aro, Lagos Island, said that the flood had prevented her from going to open her shop.

*Another passenger trying to cross from one side of Lagos Badagry expressway to the other during the downpour on Saturday.

“The flood has completely blocked the expressway, some vehicles that tried to access the road had been trapped in the flood.

“The drainage is blocked by plastics and nylon preventing the passage of the water.

“Lagos government should wake up to its responsibility and clear the drainage, they should also warn the traders against indiscriminate dumping of refuse.

“I have to go back home now because it is dangerous to force your way in there due to the flood,” she said.

*Commuters trekking due to flood caused the morning downpour  in Lagos

Mr Toyosi Stephen, a passenger, said the blockage of the expressway was due to the way the contractor handling the project constructed the road.

“One will see that from Abule-Ado down to the Trade fair axis is very sloppy making water to gather under the bridge.

“This also applies to when you are coming from Barracks down to Trade fair, so the water coming from Abule-Ado and Barracks will gather at trade fair and block the movement of vehicles and passengers.

“Government should work on this and also ensure clearing of drainage around this place all the time.

“I have been trapped here, I have to go back to Agbara and sleep,” he said.

*The blockage at the Trade fair axis of Lagos Badagry expressway.

Mr Mutiu Suru, a bus conductor, said the flood would reduce when the rain stopped and that vehicles and passengers would be able to move freely on the expressway.

“The rain is heavy, that’s why the flood blocked the road, but I can tell you that in an hour’s time, vehicles will start going.

“All we need to do is to exercise patience and relax in our vehicles,” he said.

NAN reports that the floods also affected communities in Badagry including Mowo, Ikoga, Ansarudeen, Ajara-Vetho, Aghelaso, and Zogakome areas.

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HEAVY DOWNPOUR: LASG Postpones Planned 2-Sunday Traffic Diversion On 3rd Mainland Bridge



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 …To announce new dates later***

Due to the heavy downpour experienced in all parts of the Metropolis today, the Lagos State Government has announced the postponement of the planned Two Sundays palliative works on the failed sections of the 3rd Mainland Bridge, which was scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday 17th, and Sunday 24th September 2023.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Oluwaseun Osiyemi who confirmed this in a release, explained that the rain has affected the preliminaries of the planned palliative works on the asphalt pavement of the bridge by the Lagos State Public Works Corporation.

Assuring that a later date which will be subject to weather conditions will be duly communicated for the palliative works, the Transport Commissioner urged Motorists to continue to access the bridge with observance of safety measures.

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Live Worm Found In Woman’s Brain In Australia



Australian doctors have found a live parasitic worm in a woman’s brain in a world-first discovery.

In a new study published on Tuesday, researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) and Canberra Hospital detailed the discovery of the parasitic roundworm.

The eight-cm Ophidascaris robertsi roundworm, which is usually found in pythons, was pulled from the patient, a 64-year-old woman, still alive and wriggling after brain surgery.

Sanjaya Senanayake, a leading infectious disease expert from ANU and the Canberra Hospital, said in a media release that it was a world first.

According to the study, the patient was admitted to a local hospital in south-east New South Wales (NSW) in 2021 after three weeks of abdominal pain and diarrhea.

In 2022, after she started experiencing forgetfulness and depression, a neurosurgeon at Canberra Hospital identified an abnormality in the right frontal lobe of the brain from an MRI scan, prompting the surgery that discovered the roundworm.

The study hypothesizes that the patient was probably infected by touching, or eating, native grasses that a carpet python had shed the parasite into.

She remains under monitoring by infectious disease and brain experts. 

– Xinhua

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