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Stay away from Ogogoro, NAFDAC warns

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned the general public to desist from the consumption of unregistered locally produced spirits known as ogogoro and unregistered bitters pending the investigation on the source of contamination of the products.
Apart from the 18 deaths recorded from the consumption of the local gin in Ode-Irile in Ondo State recently, the consumption of the local gin at the weekend claimed the lives of 38 persons in Rivers State.
But addressing newsmen on the incident in Abuja yesterday, the Director General of NAFDAC Paul Orhii said a preliminary investigation by the National Centre for Disease control (NCDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO) in the case of Ondo State ruled out any infectious disease and confirmed the possibility of poisoning as the cause and in turn advised NAFDAC to conduct an investigation, warning against the consumption of the product for now.
The NAFDAC boss said the agency will confiscate all illegally brewed alcoholic beverages while urging the general public to immediately report and evacuate to the nearest tertiary health institution as quick intervention whenever there is symptoms of the case.
According to him, the symptoms suffered by the victims included vomiting, abdominal pain, blurred vision, headache, dizziness, loss of consciousness and then sudden death.
He called on the general public to report to the agency any observed sale or distribution of unregistered and illegal alcoholic drinks, stating that any information on the source of methanol involved in the cases will be appreciated as investigation is underway by the agency.

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