Nigerians have been cautioned by the South Korean ministry of food and drug safety against the use of drugs imported from China, as they may contain human remains.
The ministry issued this warning in a memo dated October 12. The memo was directed to the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA) and other agencies including the ministry of health, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), and the national security adviser (NSA) also received the memo. The drugs are alleged to boost stamina and cure diseases including cancer and diabetes.
According to the memo, the South Korean ministry discovered the drugs to contain millions of viruses which could prove harmful to human health.
“The South Korean Customs Service, on 30’” September, 2018, revealed that it had seized two thousand, seven hundred and fifty-one (2,751) Chinese drugs/capsules, containing human remains from foetuses, infants and flesh imported into the country by some Chinese nationals. The manufacturers claimed that the drugs/capsules can boost stamina, cure cancer, diabetes and some other terminal diseases. The capsules were smuggled in suitcases and through international market.
“South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug safety indicated that eighteen billion, seven hundred million (18.7 million) viruses, including hepatitis B virus, were found in the capsules. It stressed that the making of the human remain drugs and consuming them are crimes against humanity, which can also lead to serious health challenges.
“The Agency is monitoring the situation for detailed information. However, it is Important for all relevant health regulatory agenc1es In Nigeria, especially the Federal Ministry of Health, NAFDAC, NDLEA and SON, to sensitise Nigerians of this development and warn them of the inherent dangers of patronizing drugs imported from China.
“The Customs Service, NIPOST and other mail delivery services, should also step up monitoring of cargoes and packages with drugs imported into Nigeria.”