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Five people arrested for selling nutrition supplements in Twic

Five people arrested for selling nutrition supplements in Twic
A photo of Plumpy'Nut | Credit | Courtesy

The police in Twic County have apprehended five people selling plumpy’nut in the market on Tuesday this week at Wunrok market.

Plumpy’Nut is a peanut-based paste in a plastic wrapper for treatment of severe acute malnutrition.

Brigadier General Marko Mawien, the director of police in Twic County, said the five suspects were caught red-handed selling cartons of plumpynuts.

Now, the department of nutrition in Twic County has opened a court case against the five suspects over the sale of nutrition supplies.

Mr. Abraham Biar Malek, the Twic county nutrition coordinator, said the suspects were found in possession of 15 Plumpy’Nut.

“Nutrition supplements are free medicines for the people who are malnourished-they are given to treat malnourishment. What these people are doing is totally wrong and they must be answerable for such an act,” Abraham stated.

“Why are they selling something which is meant for free. The sale of these Plumpy’Nut is prohibited,” he questioned.

According to Abraham, the Non-Governmental Organization warned people from selling the supplement but should be used appropriately as prescribed.

“So, we have directed the police to confiscate the nutrition supplies being sold in the market and to arrest those who are found selling them,” he said.

He says upon arrest, those found selling the item in the market will be questioned about where they are getting it from.