Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) is asking wholesalers and retailers of hygiene products used to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus to stop engaging in profiteering.
After Ghana confirmed cases of the pandemic, hand sanitizers, and other essentials have been recommended by authorities to help protect one from contracting the disease.
But such hygiene products are being sold at exorbitant prices at various shops and pharmacies.
This has sparked various conversations with people sharing their sentiments on how the prices of the products have been increased and how they are unable to purchase them.
Addressing the issue, on vision 1 FM’s drive time show ‘’ Ofie Nkwanta’’ Hosted prophet Kay on 24th March 2020, the head of Food Industrial Support Service Department at FDA Ebenezer Kofi Essel Information cautioned that the season does not warrant such practices and if sellers of some of these hygienic products fails to reduce their prices, people who might contract the disease will eventually come to contact with them.
“We will also like to appeal to people who sell various products that can help in this course. This is not the time to be unduly profiteering with your products and services. Like the president said, these are not ordinary times, these are the times that we have to come together as human beings and ensure that we do things that assure the survival of each and every one of us. So that’s the appeal that we put out there.”
He also noted that the FDA has institute an emergency hygienic product registration process to help local manufacturers to produce more of such products to help the country to minimize or prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the country.
Sanitizers and its related issues
Some supermarkets and shops in Ghana have begun selling hand sanitizers at outrageous prices following the announcement of some confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country.
With education around coronavirus in the country gaining momentum, citizens are advised to follow good personal hygiene rules including washing of hands and the use of sanitizers as and when necessary.
In Ghana, some shops have increased the prices of hand sanitizers by an astronomical margin of almost a hundred percent to a thousand percent (100% – 1000%) and over.
For instance, hand sanitizers that were sold previously at about GH¢3.50 are now sold at GH¢15 or event GH¢20.
These increases are due to the excess demand from consumers for the product for which producers have outrageously increased the prices for more profit.