KIGALI (Xinhua) --
Rwandan Ministry of Health has blacklisted 1,343
skin bleaching products containing high levels of hydroquinone,
which puts users at the risk of suffering skin cancer, an
official said Saturday.
On a talk show on
the national TV station Rwanda Television on Saturday, Patrick
Ndimubanzi, the state minister of public and primary healthcare,
warned the public against skin bleaching products, saying they
are harmful and dangerous to their skins.
done on samples of these products found more than permissible
levels of hydroquinone, he said.
He also warned
traders against the importation and sale of substandard
products are mainly imported.
The issue of
substandard skin bleaching products, which are especially
popular with women and girls in the central African country, has
been in the news since last week after Rwandan President Paul
Kagame said the use of prohibited chemicals was “quite
The Rwandan police
said Thursday that a recent joint operation by the Rwandan
authorities have seized more than 5,000 assorted substandard
bleaching products from beauty shops in different parts of the
country, such as body oils, lotions, and toilet soaps.
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwanda on Friday launched a six-month awareness
and prevention campaign aimed at stemming new HIV infections in
the country at a ceremony to mark the World AIDS Day.
The campaign seeks
to improve awareness on accessibility and availability of HIV
testing services in Rwanda, said Patrick Ndimubanzi, state
minister of public and primary healthcare, at the ceremony in
Musanze district, northern Rwanda.
This campaign would
help promote and facilitate HIV prevention, care, and treatment
and reinforce people’s willingness to participate in HIV
interventions, said Ndimubanzi.
HIV self-test kits
will be availed in pharmacies and online for purchase through
smart phones or internet in order to boost people’s willingness
to participate in HIV interventions, he said.
At the ceremony,
condoms and other HIV preventive materials were freely
distributed to participants and hundreds of people voluntarily
participated in HIV testing.
HIV prevalence rate
in Rwanda is at 3 percent since 2005 due to the numerous
strategies in place, Jeanine Condo, director general of Rwanda
Biomedical Center, said at the ceremony.
HIV preventive and
treatment services have been scaled up to more than 90 percent
of health facilities across the country, figures of Rwanda
Biomedical Center showed.
HIV and AIDS from
mother to child transmission has been reduced to less than 2
percent while provision of anti-retroviral treatments reaches to
all HIV positive people in need and for free, according to the
ministry of health.