Ogun Raises Alarm on the Dangers of Locally Brewed Alcoholic Drinks

The Ogun State Government says it has swung into action to raise awareness and sensitize the public about the serious risks associated with consuming locally brewed alcoholic drinks and other products not approved by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr. Tomi Coker made this known in a statement, following reports of eleven cases of severe illnesses and tragically, eight deaths, all directly linked to the consumption of locally brewed alcoholic products.
Coker disclosed that the incidents reportedly occurred between July 18th and 20th, 2023 from two Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Ogun State, namely Ijebu North East and Odogbolu, adding that the Ministry of Health had initiated a thorough investigation into the source and nature of the hazardous products.
She however advises the public to exercise extreme caution and refrain from consuming drinks from unverified sources, while the investigation is ongoing.
“It is of utmost importance to only consume products that have been officially approved and certified by NAFDAC. The unauthorized production and distribution of alcoholic beverages and other consumable items pose significant health risks as they are often manufactured in unregulated and unhygienic conditions, making them potential breeding grounds for harmful substances and toxins,”
“Such substances can lead to severe health complications and, in some cases, fatal outcomes, as evidenced by the recent incidents in Ijebu North East and Odogbolu LGAs. We hereby urge the public to report any suspicious locally brewed alcoholic drink to the appropriate authorities or NAFDAC,” She said.
The Special Adviser added that residents should also report any case of illness or death after consumption of similar products including herbal concoctions to the nearest Government Hospital.
She reaffirmed the government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of its all residents, stressing that collaborative efforts between the government, regulatory bodies, and the public are paramount to combat the sale and consumption of harmful products.