The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has issued a Public Health Alert warning to the general public against the patronage and use of any medication purported to be a COVID-19 vaccine in Ghana.
The FDA said some individuals are approaching health facilities and pharmacies claiming to be selling FDA approved vaccines.
“Some unscrupulous members of the business community are peddling information on the sale of COVID-19 vaccines to hospitals and other health facilities,” the FDA said in a press statement, signed by CEO, Mrs Delese Mimi Darko.
“It has come to the attention of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) that some unscrupulous members of the business community are peddling information on the sale of COVI D-19 vaccines to hospitals and other health facilities. The information is ostensibly to inform the general public of the availability of these vaccines from well-known pharmaceutical brands indicating their price ranges,” the statement noted.
“The general public is hereby cautioned against the patronage of such vaccines since the FDA has not yet approved any COVID-19 vaccine for use in Ghana.
In view of the above, the “FDA wishes to inform all health facilities and the general public that, peddling of such information contravenes Section 118 of the Public Health Act 2012, Act 851 and constitutes a very serious offense”.
The statement further noted that: “ anyone caught dealing with unregistered COVID-19 vaccine will be sanctioned in accordance with the provision of Section 129 of Act 851, which includes a fine of up to GH¢180,000 or a term of imprisonment of up to 25 years or both”.
By Wisdom Jonny-Nuekpe