Govt: No proven risks in artificial eyebrows,nails so on ban planned

30Apr 2019
Polycarp Machira
DODOMA
The Guardian
Govt: No proven risks in artificial eyebrows,nails so on ban planned

 THE government has no plans ban the use of artificial nails and eyebrows, commonly among women in the country since the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA)'s assessment has not revealed any health risks.

The new  announcement comes in just months after  Speaker of the National Assembly, Job Ndugai banned Members of Parliament from entering the August House 'beautified '   with artificial nails and eye lashes.

Ndugai's statement came after  the deputy Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, the Elderly and Children, Faustine Ndugulile  raised concerns about the health risks posed by fake nails and eye lashes.

  The speaker said the ban would also apply to visitors to Parliament. But in what appears to be a sigh of relief to women politicians and other women in the country, the Minister of Defence and National Service, Dr Hussein Mwinyi responding to a question on behalf of the Health minister said there were no scientific evidence about health risks. 

Dr Mwinyi, a medical doctor, was responding to a question by   Special Seats MP, Rukia Kassim Ahmed (CUF) who wanted to know if the government was ready to close all the salons in the country as well as instituting legal actions against all service providers who are helping women to wear such fake ornaments.

" Is the government ready to take action as TFDA seems not able to act   on such artificial  ornaments  ?" she asked.

 In his response, the Defence Minister  on behalf of the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Ummy Mwalimu, said the government would not do so because an assessment had found out that the fake nails had no health risks.

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