The Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK) has stepped up its campaign to pass the Kenyan Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) law reforming the regulation of health products and technologies.
Mr. Kuria was hospitalized after A botch Heat therapy has generated contradicting opinions on the internet, throwing unregulated medical products into the spotlight.
For a fortnight, the Karen Hospital has been teeming with politicians visiting their colleague who is bedridden after his treatment failed .
The towering MP told Citizen TV that he felt too short after a device he bought from a friend “exploded” his feet. It was later confirmed that he had third degree burns and had to undergo surgery.
In his words, “I was trying to fix a problem by introducing a killer solution.”
< p> Mr Kuria now says that he has requested a ministerial statement in Parliament from the Cabinet Secretaries for Trade, Industry and Health to understand the extent of the proliferation of unregulated products in Kenya.
“All medical devices and Devices should only be requested from a hospital or licensed healthcare facility. It’s something we sometimes think the government is too tough (around) but see the effect. We have to have a total crackdown, “he said in the TV interview.
” I thought I would use my case to spare other people who use products outside (hospitals) from having to do extreme things is dangerous. ”
The politician also claimed that the device that the nation has learned is called a warm mat is not approved by the Kenya Bureau of Standards.
The nation turned to Ceragem, the company that Mr Kuria said his friend bought the mat.
While lawmakers said on TV that the warm mat gave him Sh 250,000. Martin Mulwa, the nation’s communications director for Ceragem, said Mr. Kuria exaggerated the price.
“Moses Kuria did not buy the warm mat from us. He bought it from his friend. The warm mat retails for Sh 55,000, not the Shill 250,000 he said on live TV, “said Mulwa.
Ceragem has been selling its products in Kenya for the past 13 years, he said, and To the best of their knowledge, this is the first adverse event they heard of.
But the company insists they are unsure whether the product Mr Kuria is using is from them as he is it not personally from. acquired it.
Ceragem yesterday provided the nation with three certificates of conformity with the Kenya Bureau of Standards logo to show that the product is approved for use in Kenya.
Two electromagnetic test reports from Korea, where the product is made, also show that Ceragem passed its test.
Mr. Mulwa told the nation that people with pre-existing conditions should not use some Ceragem products, such as these warm mat.
“People with diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage that occurs in people with diabetes), people with heart disease or nervous disease, if they have problems, we do not recommend using the mats. In fact, there are people who are completely forbidden is to use it, such as pregnant women and those with a hole in their hearts, “he explained.
” I think that’s why it reacted with the MP. “
The warm mat, said Mr Mulwa, is not medicinal Indian product and the company that sells it is not a hospital. He also said that it is not an electric blanket as most internet users have described it.
Although it is not a medical product, Ceragem Kenya has testimonials on its website from customers who consider it one “Life-changing results of revitalizing the body and rejuvenating health.”
The Kenyan Food and Drug Authority (KFDA) draft law defines a medical device as a “material, instrument, apparatus or device (gadget), regardless of it omitting radiation or not, including parts and accessories thereof, made, sold or illustrated for use in the diagnosis, treatment, monitoring, alleviation or prevention of disorders or abnormal physical conditions or obstruction of their symptoms in humans or animals, but does not contain medicaments . ”
While heat therapy is gaining popularity, especially in urban areas of Kenya, there is little known about their effects on the body, considering that most of the devices used use infrared rays, which use radiation.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK) in a press release with Mr Kuria sympathizes with that Use of a so-called “unregulated product”, but asked Parliament to take into account the views of the group on the KFDA law.
PSK Managing Director Daniella Munene insisted that the KFDA- Law to revise the regulation of health products and technologies needs to be changed.
Regarding Kuria’s botched heat therapy, she said: H. it is not clear whether they are for medical use or for consumer only. “
” In general, all medical devices, drugs and health technologies should fall under the regulation of a body and that body should act as the authority for Medicines and health products are labeled, “she added.
Dr. Munene said Kenya needs a law dedicated to medical devices, separate from food.
“We have given Parliament our views and our memorandum, but they have not passed it. We demand that the body regulate medicinal products rather than normal foods. If it is food, it should be the one used for the treatment, e.g. “