Ogun State Govt. Threatens to Arrest Parents Giving Their Children Sanitizers to Drink

Ogun State Government has threatened to arrest parents giving their children hand sanitizers to drink as a way of protecting the kids from coronavirus infection.
Radio Nigeria had earlier reported that some parents in Ogun State were giving their children hand sanitizers to drink as a way of preventing coronavirus infection.
The report which was given by radio Nigeria correspondent in Ogun state, Wale Oluokun, during the 7am news today Wednesday, April 1, had it that the information came from the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, who lamented that some parents were taking that dangerous measure in the state due to lack of ignorance.

Dr. Tomi Coker, Ogun State Commissioner for Health

Further investigations by Massmediang revealed that the Dr. Coker had made the information known to journalists during a briefing, adding that it was a disturbing development in the state largely due to ignorance.
She urged parents to desist from that act as it was detrimental to the health of children, adding that parents who continued to indulge in the act would be arrested.

A little enlightenment

Research shows that hand sanitizer content is dangerous to health. Hand sanitizer contains isopropyl alcohol which is toxic and will damage the nervous system and internal organs of anyone who drinks it. Possible effects may include blindness, brain damage, and kidney and liver damage. These effects may be permanent. It is also possible to die from drinking this chemical. Different kinds of alcohol (isopropyl, ethyl or others) could be used in different sanitizers but no matter the type used, alcohol in hand sanitizer is not in drinkable form so it is dangerous to health.

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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