Kano State Private Health Institutions Management Agency (PHIMA) has arrested five suspects and confiscated cartons of unregistered traditional drugs in the metropolis.

Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Usman Tijjani Aliyu confirmed the development to journalists in Kano.

Dr Usman Tijjani Aliyu said the drug named ’Akurkura’ was allegedly brought and distributed in the state by the suspects arrested.

He said t the agency in collaboration with Kano State Primary Health Care Management Agency and Kano State Consumer Protection Council (CPC) were able to intercept the drugs following reported cases of loss of consciousness, diarrhoea and vomiting by the people who used the product and had to be hospitalized.

Aliyu  noted that after receiving the complaints, the agency set machinery in motion that led to the arrest and confiscation of the drugs.

The executive secretary said It was a joint operation with the Kano State Primary Health Care Management Agency (PHCMB) under the leadership of Dr Tijjani Hussaini who is also the Coordinator Kano State Taskforce on Covid-19 and the Kano State Consumer Protection Council (CPC) under the leadership of Dr Yusuf

Muhammad Sabo, that led to the interception of cartons of the illicit traditional preparation called ‘Akurkura’ worth hundreds of thousands of naira brought into Kano.

He reaffirmed the commitment of the agency to rid the state of activities of quacks and illicit drugs, and ensure quality health care service delivery are provided to the people.

He added that those arrested would soon be charged to court after concluding investigation

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