Mercury is a poisonous to humans. Affected persons may experience irritability, memory loss, depression, and numbness and tingling in the hands, feet and around the mouth.
Pregnant women who use mercury-contaning skin bleaching products expose their unborn to serious and irreversible injury. Complications found in babies include blindness, deafness, and mental retardation.
From reports, skin bleaching products are available for sale in the Federation. They are also available via the Internet. Persons currently using these products are strongly advised as follows:
1: Stop and check the label for the words “mercurous chloride,” “calomel,” “mercuric,” “mercurio,” or “mercury,”.
2: Wash the body from head to toe thoroughly with soap and water.
3: Contact a district medical doctor or personal medical doctor for further advice.
4: Carefully bag and take the said products to the environmental health officer in the nearest health center. Do not dispose them in the landfill or other parts of the environment.
5: Report the sellers of unlabelled products and non-English language labelled products to the Consumer Affairs Department.