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#Covid19: ‘Using ogogoro as hand sanitizer, ineffective against covid19’, says experts.

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     As the country continues to experience increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases, healthcare experts have warned Nigerians using local gin, popularly calledogogoro, as hand sanitisers to desist from it, saying it is ineffective to protect against the infection.

     The experts said ogogoro has less than 60 per cent alcohol content that is required to kill viruses, unlike alcohol-based hand sanitisers that have such high level alcoholic content. They warned that using ogogoro as hand sanitiser only provides a false sense of security against the virus, maintaining that hand sanitisers with 60-80 per cent alcohol content are the most effective. The experts said that in the absence of hand sanitisers, thorough handwashing with soap under running water remains the best option.

    Speaking in an exclusive interview withPUNCH HealthWise, a former president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Olumide Akintayo, said people using ogogoro as hand sanitisers will not get any value for it. “We don’t need to create a problem that is not there while trying to solve another. “For a standard hand sanitiser to do what it ought to do to prevent against virus, it must have a minimum of 75 per cent alcohol. “So, what you have in ogogoro is usually 40 per cent rate or slightly higher, but that will certainly not do the job.

    “People using ogogoro as hand sanitiser will not get any value for it. This is because, the percentage of alcohol you get in it is far less than what it should be in an ideal pharmaceutical formulation,” Akintayo warned. The former PSN boss told our Correspondent that the alcohol content in ogogoro is usually between 40 and 45 per cent.

     “This is why I said the users will not get any result by using it as hand sanitiser.

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Groups call for end to nationwide #endSARs protest.

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A group, Citizens Action for Good Governance (CAGG) has called for a halt of the #EndSARS protests, decrying the alarming increase in violent assaults carried out against both citizens and police officers.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday, October 19, the national coordinator of CAGG, Nazir Galadanchi said the protesters should reason with the government and listen to calls and appeals by many well-meaning citizens. Galadanchi further said the heightened insecurity has tarnished the image of the country amongst the comity of nations.

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“The peace of Nigeria should have been the overriding imperative of all. No person or group, no matter how aggrieved, should be allowed to undermine or threaten national security, unity, tranquillity, peace and harmony. “We would like to appeal to our fellow Nigerians, especially young people to halt the protests for their safety because their demands are already being attended to by the government, and we are optimistic that there will be a better life for all.’’

He also appealed to leaders and persons of influence, including celebrities and religious leaders, to persuade their followers and fans to discontinue the protests.

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