Last week a photo of Paracetamol, commonly known in Vanuatu as ‘Panadol’ was posted on social media that says the tablet or drug contains dangerous substance.
This caused concern amongst the population of Port Vila and Vanuatu who have access to social media.
The Ministry of Health also became aware of what they described as a ‘hoax and false information’ posted on social media just too scare patients and the people of Vanuatu in thinking that this is true.
Yesterday, the Acting Principal Pharmacist in the Ministry of Health, Agnes Mathias, whom the Daily Post asked for comment about the information posted on social media which caused much worry amongst the general public in Port Vila who learned about the warning posted on social media that the Paracetamol or the Panadol contains a virus, said what people saw on the social media is a hoax and false and must disregarded it.
“The Ministry of Health Officials was also concerned about the hoax or totally false information about the Paracetamol tablet that was posted on social media last week and caused concerned amongst many members of the public.
“The Ministry of Health wishes to clarify that Paracetamol or Panadol tablet as is commonly known in Vanuatu is safe.
“The Ministry of Health further wishes to clarify that Paracetamol or Panadol tablet do not contain any virus and cannot contain a virus,” she pointed out.
“All medicine, tablets or pharmaceutical drugs that are imported into Vanuatu for medical treatment purposes are all pre-qualified and certified by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“We ask the general public and the population of Vanuatu to disregard the totally false warning which is a hoax posted on social media,” said Acting Principal Pharmacist in the Ministry of Health.
“Upon seeing the hoax or false information, we checked with our own medical supplies and all shops throughout Port Vila and can assure all patients and the people of Vanuatu that, no such tablets or drugs have ever entered Vanuatu and we have a tight control over all imported medicines or medical drugs that are imported into Vanuatu, so ignore the hoax,” Ms Mathias advised.