Ghana : Growing concerns that the coronavirus could create a fatal “parallel crisis”

With more than 1,500 reported COVID-19 cases in Ghana, the Food and Drug Authority (FDA) predicts an increase in falsified and substandard medicines. The FDA has already seized sub-standard hand sanitizers. “The current focus on curbing the COVID-19 spread means there is less focus on routine market surveillance,” says an FDA spokesperson. “This means there could be an influx across borders of substandard medical products – including those for COVID-19.” Measures like social distancing and lockdowns limit the work the regulators could do, she added. The FDA is also keeping an eye on social media posts offering miracle cures and Ghana’s police service has cautioned people to beware of online offers of COVID-19 vaccines.

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