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Pasha 73: Looking into fake COVID-19 medication in West Africa

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Fake medication is doing the rounds in Ghana and Nigeria. A BBC Africa Eye investigation into sales of fake COVID-19 drugs looked into this. Traditional healers are selling these concoctions to people who believe that it will cure them of the coronavirus. The investigation found that many of the fake drugs have harmful substances in them.

In today’s episode of Pasha, Wuraola Akande-Sholabi, a lecturer at the faculty of pharmacy at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, talks to Anas Aremeyaw Anas, a Ghanaian investigative journalist behind the BBC documentary. They discuss why regulatory authorities are not doing enough and what can be done about this very serious issue.

Photo: “Fake vaccine. The inscription on a white respiratory mask.” By Marta DM Shutterstock

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