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Used Clothing Imports Are Fueling The Spread Of Monkeypox – Customs

Commercial quantities of used clothing (Okirika) are strictly prohibited.

Hussein Ejubunu, Customs Area Controller, CAC of the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has issued a warning against importing and using “used clothes,” particularly in light of the country’s recent monkeypox outbreak.

The head of Customs said at a press conference in Lagos that the world is concerned about monkeypox, which can be spread through clothing.Ejibunu also said that smuggling used clothes has a negative impact on people’s health and finances in Nigeria.

What the Controller of Customs Said:1,955 bales of used clothing were discovered by customs officers in an abandoned building near the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex.Using a combination of intelligence, tact, and force, we discovered and evacuated.”

He also mentioned that wearing such clothing can have serious health consequences, putting users at risk for fungal and skin diseases like scabies, both of which can be spread through unwashed secondhand clothing.

Importing used clothing for resale is illegal:Commercially available used clothing is strictly prohibited.We are on the lookout for the smugglers to bring them to justice after they have been seized.

According to him“The very serious health implication of this act of textile smuggling is exposure of users to skin diseases like scabies and fungal diseases which can be transmitted by wearing unwashed second-hand clothes.

Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease that occurs primarily in tropical rainforest areas of central and West Africa and is occasionally exported to other regions.

“The government in its wisdom wants the local textile industry to enjoy protection and create more jobs for Nigerians from the cotton farms through the textile and garment factories to our markets,” he noted.

Concerning monkeypox:Monkeypox is spread to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal or through contaminated material, according to a World Health Organization fact sheet.
Monkeypox virus” is transmitted from one person to another by close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as bedding.
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