THE Anambra state house of Assembly have called on the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), in the State to embark on effective monitoring of packaged water factories, popularly known as pure water, towards checkmating proliferation of unlicensed sachet water manufacturers within the state and to ensure supply of clean water to the public.
The called followed a motion sponsored to that effect by the member representing Dunukofia State Constituency, Hon.Lawrence Ezeudu, during Thursday’s plenary.
While moving the motion on the floor of the house, the lawmaker regretted that most sachet water manufacturing companies located across the state operate with fake NAFDAC numbers and produce unclean water which is inimical to health.
He added that most of the factories were packaging the water without treatment as expected.
His counterpart Dr Timothy Ifedioramma, representing Njikoka State constituency 1, who seconded the motion, stressed the need for NAFDAC to always make routine visits to sachet water manufacturing companies in the state with a view to safeguarding the health of the people.
He maintained that any manufacturing company found wanting in the course of the routine visit shall have its operating license withdrawn.
In his contribution during the plenary, the member representing Ogbaru 11 Constituency, Hon. Somtoochukwu Udeze urged the State Ministry of Environment, Beautification and Ecology to always send their Sanitary Officers to monitor the environment where sachet water is manufactured and to collaborate with NAFDAC in promoting good hygiene in the State.
He advised residents to always go for package water carrying NAFDAC registration number to avoid consuming contaminated water.
The authority concerned should take note of the issue to avert the possible outbreak of water born disease, he said.
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