RWANDA: The East African country Rwanda has deployed to enforce its ban on the skin whitening creams.
The Government put a ban on skin lightning and
bleaching products in November 2018. Since than the authorities have been
removing and seizing the substandard products from the market.
President Paul Kagame himself had started a discussion
on social media in November.
The ban is being implemented by Ministry of Health and the Rwanda Food and Drug
Authority and the Rwanda Standards Board. The crack down on the substandard
creams, lotions and soaps is being conducted by technical experts. The police
is also made available but just to oversee the safety of the operation.
The skin whitening and bleaching products are seized
by the patrolling police and government officials.
The skin lightning and bleaching products are harmful
particularly the ones with the hydroquinone.
According to a Government spokesperson all the
ingredients that can help in body and skin bleaching are banned. The Standard
Board also warned the public of other alternate ingredients.
Rwanda police claims to seizing more than 5,000 banned products.
The skin whitening creams and other such products are sold worldwide in many countries especially in Middle Eastern, Asian and African countries. These products may be the cause of skin cancer and many other skin issues. The campaign started in Rwanda should be followed and adopted by all.
World Health Organization has reported these products
contain hydroquinone and mercury which can cause psychosis, depression, anxiety,
liver damage, reduce resistance to bectirial and fungal infections.