Now, Aspirin tablets recalled
THE Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) has written to International Drug Company (IDC) to recall aspirin it supplied.
IDC is a Zambian registered company which supplied the aspirin, which is said to be defective.
The drug was manufactured by Wintech Pharmaceuticals of India.
In a letter dated December 7, 2020, to International Drug Company, ZAMRA’s Director General Bernice Mwale said the Authority has received a Medical Product Quality Problem Report relating to aspirin tablets supplied by the company
She said product was found to be non-compliant with respect to appearance and organoleptic tests conducted.
Mrs Mwale said the product was also found to have crystals on the tablet coating, a foul smell and the tablets were breaking easily.
She has since gave the supplier 14 days to recall the defective product and report back to the authority.
Mrs Mwale has further requested the company to submit a detailed report of the recall process which should include the quantity of the affected product imported and the quantity collected from the various health facilities and pharmaceutical outlets.
“Therefore, you are directed to initiate an urgent recall of the affected batch from circulation within 14 days from the day of receipt of this letter. Use of Press Media with wide coverage is highly recommended,” reads the letter.
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Catholic Bishop of Monze Diocese, Moses Hamungole dies
,BISHOP Moses Hamungole of Monze diocese, who has been battling a corona virus infection, has died.
Two weeks ago, Bishop Hamungole announced to his catholic faithfuls that he tested positive to Covid-19 and was under treatment.
Born on 1st May 1967 in Kafue, he attended Mukasa Minor Seminary.
After his primary and secondary schools, he went to to St. Augustin Philosophical Seminary and later to the Theological Seminary of St. Dominic in Lusaka.
Since his ordination he served in several roles.
He also served as Director of Radio Yatsani and served in the Communications Office of the Archdiocese of Lusaka.
Between 2002-2008, he served as Secretary of the Communication of Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa and Zambia (AMECIA).
AMECIA comprises are Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Djibouti, Zambia and Somalia.
It is a Catholic service organization for the National Episcopal Conferences of the eight countries of Eastern Africa.
Before his appointment as Bishop, he was Director of the Vatican Radio in charge of English and Swahili programmes from 2010.
May His Soul Rest In Peace
Use “Ukufutikila”, President Lungu urges citizens
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has urged citizens to use home-based care solutions as such steaming which is locally known as ‘Ukufutikila’.
He said steaming has been recommended to be part of the remedies for COVID-19 by health experts.
President Lungu said home-based care solutions such as ‘steaming’, using eucalyptus leaves, consuming vitamin C, ginger, garlic, honey and cinammon concoctions are some of the tested remedies that health experts are recommending.
“All of us are either affected, infected or even re-infected,” he said.
Meanwhile, the President expects the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education to ensure schools, colleges, and universities adhere strictly to public health regulations, guidelines, and certification when they open.
In a statement issued, President Lungu said all relevant authorities, including parents and guardians must contribute to the protection of pupils and students.
He has also urged frontline workers, in charge of testing, to ensure they make available contacts that people can use to call them when they feel unwell.
“l am aware that sometimes the results are made available when some people have already recovered but may have infected other people. Therefore, we need to expedite the availing of results to our citizens,” the President said.
President Lungu has, however, commended all Frontline workers for their courage and resilience when looking after COVID- 19 patients.
“These are men and women of the Year 2020 because without them thousands of lives would have been lost,” he said.
The Head of State said
mourns with all bereaved families and wishes all citizens God’s protection and blessings.
Meanwhile, Minister of Health, Jonas Chanda says he will have a
consultative meeting with his counterparts in other line ministries to review progress on the implementation of the presidential directives and review the interventions and actions in the midst of the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases.
He said the meeting will also address matters such as opening of schools, public sensitisation, and enforcement of public health measures among members of the community and public places.
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