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Fake drugs killing Africans; as greed, poor leadership compromise leaders

One of the Fake Drugs that is killing Africans

New York –Millions of Africans are vulnerable to exploitation and unwilling death from fake drugs from overseas, especially from China, India and other countries.

The African markets are saturated with fake drugs and many African presidents and their bureaucrats are collaborating in the fake drug sale.

Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that more than 120,000 people a year die in Africa because of fake anti-malarial drugs alone, either because the drugs were substandard or simply contained no active ingredients at all.

Even medicines that are substandard – containing an insufficient dosage of active ingredients, the WHO maintained “can be deadly, leading to drug resistance, a particular issue for infectious diseases like malaria and tuberculosis.”

As corrupt, greedy and incompetent African presidents chase ill-gotten wealth, African children are dying from fake drugs exported mainly from Asia

One of the latest and most common fake drugs is a brand of paracetamol that comes written P / 500. It is a new, very white and shiny paracetamol. Doctors are advising patients to be careful and not purchase such drug because it contains “Machupo” virus, which is considered to be one of the most dangerous viruses in the world, with a high mortality rate.

In some countries, fake pharmaceuticals account for an estimated 70 percent of all drugs in the supply … bottles of the anti-psychotic drug Zyprexa and filled the bottles with aspirin. … especially in Africa, where fake HIV drugs have resulted in many deaths.

Analysts say China is the main supplier of most of the fake drugs heading to Africa but African leaders, because of greed, corruption, and incompetent leadership, are paying death ears to the glaring effects such market poses on their people, their respective countries and the entire African continent.

In West Africa, especially Liberia, several lawmakers are unhappy with the idea that their governments are toned death to the saturation of fake products from China, but have done nothing to expose the Chinese for fear of falling out with their presidents, many of whom governance relies on foreign aid.

It was reported in September 2015 that the fake drug market in Africa alone was worth over 400 billion euros, and is more profitable than the sale of illicit drugs. Each year 800,000 people, most of them children are affected by fake drug globally.

One international expert in Washington, DC said that Africa and the African Union need to stand up to China and perhaps the best way to do so is to establish an effective regional regulatory system to inspect fake drugs and products going to the continent. But Thomas Bangura, a Sierra Leonean professional based in the UK says greed and incompetence on the part of many African leaders are the primary reasons why China is exploiting Africa with its bad marketing practices.

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