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Tamale youth scramble for aphrodisiacs

2009-05-26 22:11:51
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Tamale by night
In the pursuit of sexual success and fertility, the moon and everything under it have been touted as aphrodisiacs by some persons or culture. Love potion peddlers stop at nothing to sell their sexual wares.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, a United States government body, an aphrodisiac is a food, drink, drug, scent, or device that, promoters claim, can arouse or increase sexual desire, or libido. Named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sexual love and beauty, the list of supposed sexual stimulants includes anchovies and adrenaline, licorice and lard, scallops and Spanish fly, and hundreds of other items.

Health experts in Ghana have on numerous occasions warned that, the use of aphrodisiacs and other sexual enhancement drugs have negative ramifications including prolong erection, mental disorders, long term impotency and heart failures.

But despite these negative effects associated with the use of aphrodisiacs and other sexual booster drugs that have left many, predominantly the youth with various stages of diseases, its use in the Tamale Metropolis is on the ascendancy.

This is as a result of huge confiscation of these aphrodisiacs by the Food and Drugs Board (FDB) valued at GH¢ 10,879.72 within a month from chemical and drug stores and some private unlicensed individuals from the Tamale Metropolis. Besides, other items seized by the FDB were expired biscuits, cooking oil, mayonnaise, blue band margarine, toothpaste, cosmetics, and among others.

Officials of the FDB in the Northern Region who conducted the exercise said it could not certify the effectiveness and wholesomeness of such drugs since they were not duly registered with the FDB.

Speaking to Filla News in an interview in Tamale, Mr. Solomon Agampim, Zonal Officer in charge of the FDB said that such drugs needed to have undergone through some critical examination to confirm or certify their safety standards before they were sold to the general public.

According to him, these procedures required of the producers and sellers of the drugs were defied and smuggled onto the Ghanaian market through unathourised routes from neighboring countries putting the lives of consumers at peril.

Mr. Agampim also expressed worry that most of the drugs seized had instructions on them written in Chinese and other Asian languages and no addresses to trace to where they were being manufactured to stop further importation/supply.
He urged the public to patronize drugs recommended only by qualified medical personnel rather than resorting to self medication which is endangering their lives and warned that it is criminal to sell unlicensed drugs to the public. He equally advised consumers to look out for expiry dates on items they buy at supermarkets saying it is their right.


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