If you think your choice of cosmetics should not concern your president, then you better think twice!
The President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, has joined the debate on the increasing use of bleaching products in the country and has tasked relevant authorities to step up their measures in tackling the use of such products.
While responding to a random tweet by a citizen in the country identified as Fiona Kamikazi Rutagengwa @Fiona_Kamikazi, who wrote that:
"I think @rwandastandards and @RwandaHealth should start a campaign against skin bleaching, a BIG one because this is getting out of hand!"
The president said the issue was getting out of hand and should be checked.
“Quite unhealthy among other things. Includes use of prohibited chemicals. MoH and RNP need to reign this in very quickly…!” he wrote.
The New Times Rwanda, a state-affiliated newspaper in a report on the issue had earlier confirmed that the Ministry of Health and the police were set to launch a crackdown on skin bleaching products.
The report quoted police spokesperson, John Bosco Kabera, as saying that they already have a list of prohibited substances and that their operation was to target the products on the list.
“We have the necessary capacity to conduct the operation,” he said.
The report further quoted Minister of Health, Diane Gashumba, as confirming that there were existing laws governing the use of such chemicals, which should be strictly adhered to.
“The operation will go hand in hand with education,” she said.
According to the Minister, most people use bleaching products out of ignorance - and to effectively curb the usage, manufacturers, sellers and re-sellers have to be targeted in order to reduce distribution of the products.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least four in ten African women bleach; implying that it has become very rampant in Africa.
You will recall that popular American musician Blac Chyna was at the end of public backlash last week when news broke that she was heading to Nigeria to promote her $250-a-cup bleaching product.
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