By Suoyo Ekubo
The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians about a dangerous cough syrup in circulation.
The cough syrup called ‘Naturcold’, is reportedly manufactured by Fraken Group.
According to reports, the syrup is believed to have caused the deaths of six children under the age of five at a health facility in the health district of Fundong, in the NorthWest region of Cameroon.
According to the North-West Regional of Cameroon delegate for Public Health, the children showed a decrease in kidney function after using the cough syrup.
This was disclosed in a recent press statement by NAFDAC, according to the Tribune.
The Agency said the product is not authorised for marketing in Cameroon and was purchased from unauthorised sources.
“Although the product is not in NAFDAC database, importers, distributors, retailers, and consumers are advised to exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain to avoid the importation, distribution, sale and use of the substandard (contaminated) syrups,” the agency said.