The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and the Ghana Pharmacy Council have jointly issued a statement announcing the shortage of hydrogen peroxide.
The shortage the two institutions said has given rise to the sale of fake substandard hydrogen peroxide on the market.
The statement cautioned the public to only purchase FDA approved hydrogen peroxide.
Why the shortage
Some few days ago, news went viral that the use of hydrogen peroxide has proven to provide immediate protection against Covid-19, a new research has shown.
According to the study, “A Case for Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash and Gargle to Limit SARS-CoV-2 Infection” the ‘traditional’ oral hygiene fluid which is inexpensive, readily available, and safe to use in low concentrations could be applied to reduce viral load in the oral and nasal cavities of Covid-19 patients and to inactivate the viruses they shed.
Research team leader, Rev. Emeritus Prof. Andrews Seth Ayettey Retired Professor, University of Ghana Medical School, College of Health Sciences, in a release said a 1per cent nebulized hydrogen peroxide that would reach all parts of the respiratory tract including the alveoli could prove helpful in management of patients with early signs and symptoms of Covid-19.
He said in the on-going observational studies, the research team has become even more convinced about the efficacy of this solution, realizing that eight frontline nurses in the Covid-19 management team at a District Hospital using hydrogen peroxide had not contracted the disease and had tested negative since May 2020.
However, he indicated that in comparison, 62 of their colleagues not using peroxide had contracted the disease by end of December 2020.
“We are, therefore, more emboldened to recommend the use of hydrogen peroxide to protect against Covid-19, alongside the public health protocols and other remedies being actively promoted by government,” he said.
Read the FDA Statement below