The Western Region Directorate of the National Disaster Management Organisation in collaboration with the Food and Drugs Authority has today embarked on an inspection of foods and other products at its main storage facility in Sekondi.
The exercise comes on the back of a recent uproar over illness and death that resulted from the distribution and consumption of expired products by NADMO, as relief items to flood victims in the Upper West Region.
Regulatory Officer with the FDA, Western Region, Francis Odoom in an interview with Skyy News’ Eric Gyetuah disclosed that the inspection was taken on products to determine its wholesomeness, and on the storage facility to assess its appropriateness to preserve and store these items. He noted that all items including foods and household chemicals were in good state. He however had issues with the state of the storage facility.
“All of the products are in good condition but we have few recommendations to the management of the stores. For instance some of the products were stored close to the walls which will not allow adequate ventilation. So we recommended that they space them out well so that there would be enough ventilation”, he stressed.
For his part, Director for the Western Region Directorate of NADMO, Abdul Ganiyu intimated that the agency is very much particular about items they distribute as relief items to victims of disasters.
“We will encourage Ghanaians to have trust in this institution in the country. We’ve thought its wise to always give hope to our people…make them believe in the institutions in this country. By so doing, what is consumable for the public …they should be assured that whatever they are consuming from NADMO is unexpired, its not inferior, they are goods of substance”, he noted.
He assured the public of complying with directives given them by the FDA in the storage of these items.
“We have been observing these measures in storing our items but what I think is expected is that we do more of what they are recommending”, Abdul Ganiyu added.