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Anambra assembly tasks NAFDAC on sachet water

The Anambra state House of Assembly has appealed to the State Director of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to take appropriate measures towards checkmating the proliferation of unlicensed sachet water manufacturers in the state.

The House passed the resolution following a motion sponsored by the Chief Whip and member representing Dunukofia constituency, Chief Lawrence Ezeudu during the plenary in Awka.

According to Chief Ezeudu, many people resort to intake of sachet water as a major source of drinking water owing to its availability without knowing that such water is contaminated and manufactured by unlicensed manufacturers in an unhygienic environment.

He said several lives were lost on daily basis as a result of severe organ damage from water-borne diseases like cholera, dysentery and typhoid fever.

While urging Environmental Heath Officers under the Ministry of Environment to ensure that the water people are drinking is safe, Chief Ezeudu charged NAFDAC to bring the ugly trend to an end.

Supporting the motion, Dr Timothy Ifedioranma representing Njikoka One constituency stressed the need for NAFDAC to not just issue NAFDAC number to  water manufacturers but to also make routine visits to them with a view to safeguarding the health of the people of the state.

According to him, any manufacturer that performs below the health standard of the agency in the course of the routine visits shall have his operational license withdrawn.

On his part, the member representing Ogbaru Two constituency Mr Somtochukwu Udeze advised Ministry of Environment to its sanitary officers to monitor environments where these pure water are produced to ensure they meet health standards for consumption.

Correspondentu reports that the Deputy Speaker Mr Harford Oseke who presided over the plenary read the resolution of the House and adjourned plenary till Tuesday next week

 Kevin Ekediegw/Anambra

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