The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said it is partnering with relevant bodies to change the package of Sniper In other to discourage its use a choice option for suicide in the country.
This response by NAFDAC came after the public called on the agency to check the ease of access to the agro-chemical product which has made it an easy tool for those contemplating suicide.
According to a report by Vanguard Newspaper, the Director General of NAFDAC, Prof Moji Adeyeye Sniper containers “could now be made very difficult to open, or may be turned into a spray rather than the liquid contents it is known for.”
It should be recalled that the rate of suicide cases has become alarmingly high recently and Sniper is reportedly a choice option.
Notable among these incidents is the 400-level student of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka identified as Chukwuemeka and a case of a pastor of a popular Pentecostal church who committed suicide after consuming the deadly substance.
NAFDAC once again warned the public to desist from the act of using Sniper for food preservation, saying they contain chemicals that are harmful to the human body.
“We also decry poor handling of foods in Nigeria by producers and sellers, because the populace and consumers are being exposed unduly to health risks from contaminants.
“The use of unapproved insecticides such as Sniper for the preservation of grains by unauthorized persons, the use of containers contaminated with hazardous chemicals such as fertilizer bags for grains or chemical drums and jerry cans for food storage are classic examples of a common practice among the market men and women due to ignorance,” the NAFDAC boss said.