Nigerian Women Lead Africa On Skin Bleeching – NAFDAC Boss
By Ahmad Tijjani Abdul
The Director General of the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof Mojisola Adeyeye has said 77 percent of those engaged in bleeching in Nigeria are women
Mrs Adeyeye who raised alarm on the menace of bleeching creams in Nigeria, noted that the threat has become a national health emergency.
The NAFDAC boss who spoke at the Media Sensitization Workshop on Dangers of Bleeching Creams and Regulatory Control organized by the Association of Nigerian Health Journalists in Kano on Thursday explained that “The World Health Organization study in 2018 reveal that use of skin bleeching cream is prevalent amongst 77percent of Nigerian women.
She stressed “The World Health Organization study in 2018 reveal that use of skin bleeching cream is prevalent amongst 77percent of Nigerian women which is the highest in Africa compared to 59 percent in Togo, 35 percent in South Africa and 27 percent in Senegal.
“This scary statistics has shown that the menace of bleaching creams in Nigeria has become a national health emergency that requires a multi faceted regulatory approach.
She added that 77 percent of those engaged in bleeching in Nigeria are women saying this calls for a multifaceted aproach in fighting the menace of which she warns of fatal health hazards.
Adeyeye said “Even though I have assigned some of my competent officers to carry out this training, it has become imperative on me to warn that some of the harmful effects of bleeching creams include cancer, damage to vital organs in the body, skin irritation and allergy, skin burn and rashes, wrinckles, premature aging and prolonged healing of wounds” .
She further stated that in response to these statistics, the Federal Government, through the office of the Secretary to the Government, Boss Mustapha wrote to NAFDAC last year seeking for stringent measures to be implemented against the menace. She added that sensitization workshops in the six geopolitical zones were part of the measures being taken.
NAFDAC boss therefore noted that “This sensitization workshop is a training of trainers program with the great expectation that participants will assume roles of champions in the vanguard of campaign against use of bleeching creams”.
She assured that NAFDAC would henceforth constantly engage the mass media as “we strive to bringbdown to the grass levels the positive impact of our regulatory activities”.