No fewer than 10 people have died and scores of people hospitalized in Kano after allegedly taking fake fruit juices. Ibrahim Tsanyawa, the state commissioner of health, made the disclosure on Thursday while giving updates on the outbreak.
The commissioner warned residents against purchasing juices, saying over 400 have been hospitalised so far.
According to Tsanyawa, the consumption of the said juices has affected the victims’ kidneys and other vital organs.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) had said the flavoured drinks contain a poisonous chemical called ‘Hyroxylamine’.
The regulatory agency had submitted its findings last weekend when its Director General visited the state governor. NAFDAC maintained that the chemical used in the production of some fruit juices was brought into the country illegally.