Nigerian Doctors Want A Law Against Skin Bleaching
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Some medical doctors under the aegis of the Nigerian Association of Dermatologists, say they have begun the process of meeting with some lawmakers at the National Assembly in order to formulate laws that will regulate the manufacture and use of bleaching creams in Nigeria.
The Chairman of the Abuja Dermatology Society, Dr. Mohammed Danmallam, who spoke on behalf of NAD, said this during a press conference held in commemoration of the World Skin Health Day in Abuja.
“What we are trying to do now is to try to talk to the health committees so that we can see how they can help us in formulating laws and one of the ways to do that is that we are currently conducting an investigation in collaboration with some African countries.
“We are trying to come out with statistics and facts so that when we sit down with these legislators, we will be able to give them facts that can convince them and so we can move ahead. You will be surprised by the level and number of people and highly placed people that are currently bleaching unnecessarily,” Danmallam said.
Speaking on the theme, ‘Skin Conditions: Early Presentation Prevents Complications’, Danmallam said some countries have been able to ban hydroquinone, which is used in the production of such creams.
He added that in the United States, the use of hydroquinone is heavily regulated but in Nigeria, bleaching agents are abusing its use due to weak regulation on what should be included on the list of prescription medicines.
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