From Olatunji Omirin, Maiduguri
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has decried that 3 out of 5 women applied bleaching creams in Lagos State, saying that bleaching has become a hard-headed monster in Nigeria.
The director-general of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye made this known at the launch of the North-East zonal media sensitisation workshop on the dangers of bleaching creams in Maiduguri on Wednesday.
Mojisola represented by the agency’s director of public affairs, Abubakar Jimoh who said it has trained nearly 800 journalists on the dangers of bleaching cream to enable them effectively enlighten the public.
She noted that most of the bleaching products contain mercury, hydroquinone, and steroids which cause kidney disease and severe skin cancer as well as premature.
“I have said earlier that 3 out of 5 women in Lagos use bleaching creams, both the older women and younger ladies; in Nigeria 77 per cent of women uses bleaching creams. it is worrisome and we are deeply concerned about this as an agency.
“Skin bleaching reduces the concentration or production of melanin in the skin, melanin is a pigment produced by cells called melanocytes. The amount of melanin in your skin is mostly determined by genetics.
“The message we are passing is that people should desist from using bleaching creams or products because of these dangers.”he said.
She said the agency was prompted into action on the negative impact of bleaching cream following a directive to that effect by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation when he received Senate resolutions on the problem.