National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has declared an emergency on bleaching after it said Nigeria tops cases of bleaching.
Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said the problem was a national emergency.
Oyo News reports that the NAFDAC boss spoke at a workshop on Dangers of Bleaching Creams and Regulatory Control, organised by Association of Nigerian Health Journalists in Kano.
Adeyeye said 77 per cent of those engaged in bleaching were women, warning this could be fatal.
“World Health Organisation study in 2018 showed that use of bleaching cream is prevalent among 77 per cent of women, the highest in Africa compared to 59 per cent in Togo, 35 per cent in South Africa and 27 in Senegal.
“These scary statistics show the menace of bleaching creams has become a national health emergency that requires a multifaceted regulatory approach,” she said.
She said in response to these statistics, Federal Government, through Office of Secretary to the Government, Boss Mustapha, wrote to NAFDAC seeking measures against the menace.
“This workshop is a training of trainers programme with the expectation that participants will assume roles of champions in the vanguard of the campaign against use of bleaching creams.
“I assure you NAFDAC will engage the media to take to the grassroots the positive impact of our regulatory activities,” she said.
Former National President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Ahmad Yakasai, warned that bleaching among women and men, if not arrested, would create serious health cases.