Rising viagra sales worry Puntland politicians

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By ABDULKADIR KHALIF

Puntland politicians are stirring up a storm over ‘increased’ sale of Viagra to the unsuspecting public.

On Tuesday, local health officials appearing before a parliamentary committee were tasked with explaining how they would tame what MPs said was a growing risk of exposing the public to health risks by regulating the sale.

It was the first time lawmakers in Somalia’s northeastern state had raised such an issue, a taboo previously held and often discussed behind closed doors. It also raised jokes on social media.

“The drug (viagra) carries many dangers including the death of some users,” MP Abdigani Dhashane said during the session.

His statement generated murmurs among other lawmakers. In reaction, Mr Dhashane added: “There is no embarrassment [to discuss this issue]. It is a serious health problem. »

Some members of the Puntland legislature have called for a ban on the drug primarily used by prescription to treat impotence in men.

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Puntland Health Minister Jama Farah Hassan, who appeared before the parliamentary team along with his deputy Sayid Omar Guled, had been asked to discuss drug control when MPs raised concerns about viagra and other sex-enhancing drugs.

Lawmakers argue that uncontrolled drug use poses more negative side effects than curative benefits.

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Mr. Hassan promised more inspections of sex-enhancing drugs and other health products.

“If the concerns are proven, we will take the appropriate measures,” added the Minister of Health.

If taken under the supervision of a doctor, viagra, also known as sildenafil, can help treat impotence and erectile dysfunction by increasing blood flow to particular areas of the body, such as the male sex organs.

But it could also have side effects, especially in patients with heart or kidney disease.

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