A study carried out by a research institution in the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) has revealed that not all sanitisers in circulation are up to standard.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said while responding to questions at the joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja.
Ehanire listed the following as best ways to identifying standard sanitisers in the market.
• A standard hand sanitizer has a registered NAFDAC number
• A detailed display of ingredients used in producing the sanitiser.
• Alcohol content of a good sanitizer should not be below 60%
His words: “I will start by using the opportunity to issue an advisory on sanitiser. You will see a lot of sanitisers out in the market. A study carried out by research institution in the Ministry of Health has shown not all of them are up to standard.
“In buying sanitisers, there is an advisory I will like to share. You must look first of all at the NAFDAC number. A sanitiser should have a NAFDAC number. Secondly, it should have a place where the ingredients are displayed. And among these ingredients, you must see that it contains a minimum of 60 percent alcohol.
“If it is anything different from that, the sanitiser is not going to do the job you think it is doing. If the ingredients are not displayed it is not for you.”
The use of sanitisers was approved by the World Health Organisation as one of the precautionary measures against the ravaging COVID-19.