Chinese Drugs Containing Human Remains in Circulation… GRA Says Our Borders Are Safe
The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has reiterated its commitment to guide and guard the country’s ports and borders from the importation of harmful substances.
This assurance comes after reports of that South Korean ports had been infiltrated with unwholesome drugs and medication.
A memo signed by the Commissioner of GRA cited by the Publisher, on Sunday, revealed the south Korean customs had intercepted 2,751 Chinese drugs and capsules containing human remains from foetuses, infants and flesh imported into the country by some Chinese nationals.
According to the customs division, the drugs and capsules were smuggled in suitcases and in other medication packages.
Again, some of the drugs were said to contain Hepatitis B virus which poses serious health challenges.
But Head of Customs Division at the GRA, Mr. Isaac Crentsil assures that all necessary measures have been put in place to protect the public.
“We had the intelligence from the National Security Coordinator that the South Korean Customs had ceased some drugs containing human remains…we usually get such intelligence reports so we can inform our various sector commanders to be vigilant at our ports and borders,” he said.
He assured Ghanaians that no such things would be allowed into the country.
He added, “We have the necessary national security systems to monitor such things…the essence of the letter is to ensure that our people are vigilant and that any consignment coming from China would be looked at sternly.”
Meanwhile, other African countries like Nigeria have already began thorough investigations into the report.
It could be recalled that some six years ago, health authorities had accused China of making drugs from babies in the past.
In 2011, Chinese officials launched investigations into the production of drugs made from dead foetuses.
The capsules were disguised as stamina boosters and some people believe them to be a panacea for disease.
Others have also stressed that, the making of drugs from human remains as well as consuming them, are crimes against humanity.
By: Grace Ablewor Sogbey/ firstname.lastname@example.org