No fewer than one hundred and eight-three people in Kano state Local Government Areas are reportedly receiving treatments after consuming an expired citric acid powdered drink.
Reports reaching Naija News at this time confirmed that three out of many people who consumed the expired Jolly Juice have died.
Confirming the disturbing incident, Kano state’s Commissioner for health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, said the affected persons were spread across 13 local government areas of the state.
“Gwale, Kano Municipal, Dala, Bunkure, Fagge, Gwarzo, Dawakin Tofa, Ungogo, Kumbotso, Tarauni, Rano, Dawakinjudu and Danbatta are among the affected councils,” Tsanyawa revealed.
Giving further details on the incident, the commissioner revealed that the product’s batch had expired about a year ago but was still being sold in the market.
“Out of the 284 hospitalised, 101 have been discharged leaving 183 still receiving treatment,” the state government confirmed.
According to the commissioner, the seized product that caused the disturbing incident is valued at N59 million.
Naija News understands that at least 13 people have been arrested in connection with the distribution of the expired product.
He said; “We have deployed personnel and scaled up surveillance in the 44 local government areas of the state to check the circulation of the suspected products.
“The state government is providing free treatment to infected persons. 13 persons have been arrested in connection with the circulation of the suspected products.
“The index is a six-year old girl who developed abdominal pain, was vomiting and had jaundice and urine with blood (hematuria) after drinking water bought from a vendor.
“The vendor was said to have sourced the water from a borehole at a cemetery in the metropolis.
“The assumption involves instant drink flavour powder and a variety of salt for industrial use (caustic powder).
“Water, blood and different instant drink flavour powder samples have been taken for tests to pin down a diagnosis, ranging from food-borne disease, food poisoning, Lassa Fever, Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, Chemical poisoning to Toxix Hepatitis.”
Meanwhile, a staff of P&G has been arrested by operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly embezzling over N20m (Twenty Million Naira) company funds to play sports betting.
Emmanuel Chigozie Eze, a 35-year-old Head of Sales for the company, was arrested along ‘K Line area’ of Ewet Housing Estate in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, following a petition, Naija News reports.
Source: Naija News