The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has issued a ban on the sale and open market distribution of Sniper insecticide and other products that contain Dichlorvos.
The ban was issued in a statement released by the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, who stated that the products had contributed to the recent suicide cases occurring in the country.
Prof. Adeyeye stated that the injunction will be effective from September 1, 2019, thereby extending a notice to the brand owners and distributors to refrain from selling the products in open marketplaces.
The agency also included in the statement that, “The sale of Sniper insecticide and other Dichlorvos brands in open markets and supermarkets nationwide is prohibited with effect from September 1, 2019. NAFDAC is giving a six-month moratorium up to January 1, 2020 for brand owners to exhaust the products that are in various accredited agro-input dealers (distributors/marketers/retailers) outlets.”
The NAFDAC DG made it known that the products should only serve outdoor functions as usage within homes should henceforth be deterred.
However, the products that have already been distributed to retailers are to be recovered and should only be supplied to accredited agro-dealers.
NAFDAC has also requested that the information of all accredited agro-dealers and retailers be accumulated in detail to ensure that all actions are monitored.
Arrangements have been made to ensure that primary and secondary health centres are being supplied antidotes to the poisonous products in order to drastically reduce the amount of suicide deaths.
It is believed that the interest of the agency is to ensure the continuous safety of the Nigerian populace as the importation and distribution of the products have been promptly halted.