NAFDAC has sensitised on the hazards of bleaching cream.
NewsOnline studies that the Nationwide Company For Meals and Medicine Administration and Management (NAFDAC) has urged journalists within the nation to affix the collective effort on the hazard of bleaching lotions.
The director-general of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, made the decision at a media sensitisation workshop on risks of bleaching lotions and regulatory controls, which was organised for the Affiliation of Nigeria Well being Journalists.
Adeyeye mentioned, the workshop is geared toward educating and difficult Nigeria well being journalists to play immediate line function within the company’s effort to eradicate the menace of bleaching lotions.
“In 2022, the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation(SSG), Mr Boss Mustapha, wrote to NAFDAC stressing the necessity to take stringent regulatory motion towards the rampant instances of some Nigerians utilizing bleaching lotions.
“We instantly took motion and made a big seizure and distruction of violating merchandise in commerce truthful.
”Bleaching lotions injury very important organs within the physique, pores and skin irritation, allergy, pores and skin burn, rashes, wrinkles and delay therapeutic of wounds. Black is gorgeous, we don’t want to vary our color,” she mentioned.
She mentioned, in 2018, the World Well being Organisation(WHO) revealed that using bleeching cream is prevalent amongst 77 per cent of Nigerian ladies, which is the very best in Africa in comparison with 59 per cent in Togo.
The director-general additionally mentioned South Africa accounted for 35 per cent whereas Senegal had 27 per cent .
”This scary statistics has proven that the menace of bleaching lotions in Nigeria has turn into a nationwide well being emergency that requires a multi faceted regulatory method.
“NAFDAC will continuously interact the mass media, as we try to bringdown to the grass root ranges constructive affect of our regulatory actions,” she identified.
Additionally talking, NAFDAC director of Public Affairs, Dr Abubakar Jimoh mentioned, the workshop was to teach the mass media with the precise data and marketing campaign towards use of bleaching lotions in Nigeria.
“Public ignorance will not be an excuse earlier than the regulation. The function of the mass media in promotion of public well being is essential not just for cosmetics and all different NAFDAC regulatory merchandise” Jimoh added.
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