DURBAR ON HARMFUL EFFECT OF SKIN BLEACHING HELD IN KALSEGRA,  UPPER WEST REGION

 

On the 30th of January 2019, the Upper West Regional office of the Food and Drugs Authority in collaboration with a local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Stop Skin Bleaching Foundation (SSB) organized a public durbar at Kalsegra in the Nadowli -Kaleo District to sensitize the community on the harmful effects of skin bleaching .

The sensitization centered on the dangers associated with the continuous use of cosmetics which contains substances such as mercury, hydroquinone and steroids.

The adverse health effects associated with the long term use of these substances include but not limited to the following:

  • Permanent neurological damage in children (pre-natal and neo-natal) exposed to mercury during pregnancy and or lactation.
  • Kidney toxicity
  • Fertility problems
  • Birth defects
  • Gastrointestinal toxicity
  • Liver toxicity
  • Skin infections
  • Skin cancer
  • Hyperpigmentation/Ochronosis (“Na enso ƐbƐn”)
  • Skin infections

Members of the community were further urged not to patronize such products but should advise their relations on the dangers associated with skin bleaching and to avoid selling or patronizing cosmetics products containing these substances.

At the end of the durbar, the members of the community expressed their appreciation and satisfaction to the team for taking time to carry out such important sensitization programme.

 

 

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