The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has declared that the prevalent use of skin bleaching creams in Nigeria has become a national health emergency.
The director-general of NAFDAC, Mojisola Adeyeye, made the declaration at the Media Sensitization Workshop on Dangers of Bleaching Creams and Regulatory Controls, held in Kano on Thursday, February 9.
According to her, “The World Health Organization study in 2018 revealed that the use of skin bleaching cream is prevalent amongst 77 percent 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.
These scary statistics have shown that the menace of bl£aching creams in Nigeria has become a national health emergency that requires a multi-faceted regulatory approach.
Part of the approach is consultative and sensitization meetings like this. Another is a heightened raid on the cream outlets.“