77℅ Nigerian women are  bleaching creams users- NAFDAC

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said studies revealed that about 77℅ of women in Nigeria are bleaching creams users.

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NAFDAC further acknowledged that based on the survey conducted, Nigeria has the highest number of women using bleaching creams products in Africa.

Director-General, NAFDAC, Prof.Mojisola Adeyeye disclosed this during a North Central zonal media sensitization workshop on dangers of bleaching creams and regulatory control, held Friday in Jos.

Adeyeye said that bleaching in Nigeria has become an epidemic which required proactive measures, hence the need to involve media in reducing the menace.

Represented by Dr. Leonard Omokpariola, director of chemical evaluation and research of the agency, she said they intend to train over 500 journalists across the country.

“We key into training the trainees which is journalists  who have a sole responsibility of casketing the message to the larger society on the dangers of bleaching creams.

“We have widen the scope of publicity in reaching out to Nigerians for their welfare and safety”.

Omokpariola while shedding light on safe handling of chemicals and ingredients in the cosmetic industry, opted that natural or organic products doesn’t mean all is safe because it is the composition of chemical products.

He identified some of the side effects of bleaching creams which includes, unwarranted and untreatable skin discoloration (exogenous ochronosis).
He stated some of the factors necessitated bleaching are, poor nature of Nigeria border, lack of transparency by manufacturers and importers, inadequate manpower, proliferation of online marketing amongst others.

Deputy director of NAFDAC, Mrs. Anto Ebele stated that skin bleaching can lead to health concerns such as cancer endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity, skin irritation.

Mrs Linda Halim, who spoke on NAFDAC regulatory control of cosmetic in Nigeria, acknowledged all cosmetic products contains dangerous and harmful creams.
She assured that the agency are working assiduously to increase surveillance on beauty and cosmetic products.
She cautioned Nigerians against using cosmetic products, as the agency intensified decentralization of registration as well as facilitation of international trade through the single winder for trade portal.

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