Imported syringes, needles into Nigeria are fake, unsterile — Senate Probes State of Manufacturing, Importation and Policy Guideline for Syringe, Needles Summons Health Minister, Trade Minister, NAFDAC DG, others By Henry Umoru – Abuja The Senate, Thursday, raised the alarm that the majority of the imported syringes and needles are substandard, unsterile that are used and rewashed syringes from the Asian continent and thereafter imported into the country.
The Senate is however carrying a holistic probe into the state of manufacturing, importation, and policy guideline for syringe and Needles in Nigeria. According to the Senate, against the backdrop that the imported syringe and Needles are already used and released, they then endanger the lives, health, and safety of Nigerians.
The Senate also said that it is worried that an estimated over 1 Billion units per annum of syringe and needles are being imported into the country making the country lose huge foreign exchange, just as it said that the estimated requirement of syringe and needle in the country is 1.5-2 Billion units per annum.
Consequently, the Senate has directed its Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary) to summon the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire to provide an explanation on the policy for the procurement and utilization of syringe and needles by federally, state, and privately owned hospitals and agencies of the Ministry. Resolutions of the Senate yesterday