On August 10, the Minister of Public Health, Manaouda Malachie, banned the sale of skin whitening products marketed by five companies, including opposition MP Nourane Fotsing. Since then, the government member states in an interview with the TV channel Naja TV that he has received threats.
as reported from Yaoundé, Joel Wadham
The Minister of Health had justified the suspension of the sale of skin whitening products marketed by five Cameroonian companies with the fact that not only this activity had not received his approval, but even more, the solutions sold contained substances harmful to health. Since then, Manaouda Malachie says he has been under pressure and even threats on a daily basis: “You cannot imagine the number of phone calls and threats I have received since these press releases came out,” he says. .
“People come to do business for the sake of business in an area that does not need it. Because we are in public health, it is not forbidden to make money, but we must make money with public health in mind.
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After this intervention by the Minister of Health on Naja TV, the cabinet director of the deputy Nourane Fotsing, whose sale of the products was banned, responded: “These products are not harmful, they are beauty drinks. Today we have 124 samples of these products which are in the Cameroonian laboratories, in a few days the Cameroonian laboratories will decide”, she confirms.
Pending the authorities’ response to the various applications for approval, the trade in bleaching products is doing very well in Cameroon. The five companies whose operations have been suspended are just a drop in the ocean.
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