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The Director-General National Agency for Food And Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) professor Mojisola Adeyeye is concerned by the scary statistics of the use of bleaching creams among Nigerian women.
The NAFDAC DG who expressed this concern at media sensitisation workshop on the dangers of bleaching creams and regulatory controls for health journalists in the Northwest described the situation as a national emergency.
This is following a 2018 study by the World Health Organisation in which revealed that the use of bleaching creams is prevalent among 77 per cent of Nigerian women which was highest in Africa.
This scary statistics necessitated this workshop by NAFDAC for health journalists in the Northwest.
The Director-General of NAFDAC professor Mojisola Adeyeye highlighted the effect of bleaching creams to include cancer, skin irritation, skin burn, premature aging and prolong healing of wounds.
She noted that the situation has become a national emergency that requires a multifaceted approach to address.
Professor Adeyeye explained that it was difficult to clampdown on individuals who produce some of these harmful cosmetics products in their homes hence, the need for NAFDAC to scale-up its sensitisation campaigns.
The workshop according to NAFDAC is a deliberate strategy to mobilise, educate, and challenge Nigerian health journalists to play frontline in concerted efforts of eradicating the menace of bleaching creams and needless waste of scarce resources in Nigeria.