A Twitter user identified as Ore Afolayan has accused the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo state, of administering an expired vaccine to his son on July 11, 2018.
Afolayan in a series of tweets said: “I got to the clinic late. I was the last in the queue and I held my son down for a shot of Penta vaccine. When I looked at the bottle, I wanted to ask the nurse why the vaccine was so small, but I guessed that, since they had used it for other kids, it was the right dosage for them.
"Only to realize that the expiry date on the bottle has since passed (June 18).
"I was beyond shocked, I asked them and the nurse said it's what they have been using. I showed her where the expiry date was boldly written because she kept saying it was the date of production.
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"I showed her the date of production (2016) all this while still holding my son. One of them noticing I had caught them quickly collected the bottle and went into their cooler and brought out 5 others (unopened)."
"I then told her to get one of the new ones so we could use them. Guess what! All 5 were expired....then they asked me to go elsewhere if I can't take it, that it has a shelf life of 6 months (I didn't understand this part).
"Then I got up to leave. All the while I'm saying; 'Gush' 'Nigeria' etc.
"When I got to the door, one of the nurses called me to come back that they will check, then they went inside and got another one expiring in Oct 2018."
UCH authorities in response to Afolayan’s tweet via the hospital’s official Twitter handle, described his allegation as false.
The hospital said: “The allegation of administration of expired Penta vaccine is false and a detail surrounding this matter is being investigated by all stakeholders.”
UCH further said the immunization clinic does not administer expired vaccines.
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NAIJ.com previously reported that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Gombe state arrested a suspected dealer of expired drug.
The acting coordinator of NAFDAC in the state, Laras Jatau, said the suspect, one Haske Kumo, was arrested at Yalenguruza quarters of Gombe metropolis with expired drug, Daily Trust reports.
He said the suspect who was a patent medicine dealer, was found in possession of expired drug stocked in three-bedroom apartment he was staying, which he had already re-validated their expiry dates.
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