Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Drug seizures -- now it's Kenya's turn

Recent postings on Afro-IP have featured the war on fake imported medicines in Nigeria, Uganda and elsewhere. This time it's Kenya's turn. According to Afrol News the Kenyan authorities, outraged by findings in a recent survey that 30% of the country's imported medicines were fake -- many containing chalk and water -- have immediately deployed secret service agents on the streets in order to remedy the situation.

Kenya's Medical Services Minister Anyang Nyongo has however downplayed the crisis, maintaining that just 16% of the country's malaria drugs were fake, less than half the reported figure of 38%. The basis upon which he has done so was not apparent from the Afrol article.

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