The GMOA warned today that there was a rapid increase in the import of toxic substances for facials because of the absence of laws regulating cosmetics in the country.
National Cancer Institute's Consultant Gynecologist Sarada Kannangara said during the past two years cosmetics which include dangerous substances had captured the local market because of the inefficiency of the Health Ministry.
He said clause 27 of the 1990 Medicine Act had been annulled in 2015 and a new Act introduced but it doesn’t have sufficient provisions to regulate the import of cosmetic items leaving room for low quality products to be imported.
“A wide range of low quality cosmetic products are available under various brand names. Several deaths have been reported because of allergic reactions to these products,” Dr. Kanangara said.
He said the GMOA had found that many of these low quality cosmetics had been imported from Pakistan.
He said most of the cosmetics contained mercury above the safe limit for instant results but they more often led to health hazards such as skin cancer. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)
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Comments - 18
Snowy Tuesday, 26 September 2017 07:37 PM
Please be more specific and name these cosmetics. The GMOA is just beating around the bush. Are there facilities in Sri Lanka to test the quality of these products.
Beautician and clients Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:09 AM
Please publish the names of products that are not suitable as we are not scientists or doctors.Further, you can start a protest with placards giving this information. We will support you.
karen Tuesday, 26 September 2017 08:12 PM
this is not because of the health ministry, it's because branded cosmetics are taxed so much to make it unaffordable to most. In other countries the cosmetic industry is worth billions and provides employment and financial gain, but the short sighted SL government can't see beyond the tea, rubber, garments, tourism....
Mandy Tuesday, 26 September 2017 08:27 PM
Ah but what do we do about "A wide range of low quality doctors" who are politically motivated ?
lkboy Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:22 AM
you are off-topic.
city Tuesday, 26 September 2017 08:32 PM
Seriously....so concern about the public .
Dee Tuesday, 26 September 2017 09:11 PM
You guys know about facials? Wow!
TONY Tuesday, 26 September 2017 11:14 PM
GMOA SHOULD NOT WORRY ABOUT THIS AS IT WILL GIVE THEM MORE PATIENTS TO TREAT PRIVATELY AND INCREASE THEIR REVENUE
TONY Tuesday, 26 September 2017 11:15 PM
THERE IS NO LAW TO STOP DOCS GOING ON STRIKE AND NEGLECT THE SUFFERING POOR PATIENTS WHO COME FOR FREE MEDICAL
BUSHEL Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:22 AM
ok no contest u can continue to use these cosmetics
ED Wednesday, 27 September 2017 05:30 AM
THANK GOD AT LEAST GMOA HAS RECOGNISED THE LOW QUALITY COSMETIC FASCIAL CREAMS CREEPING INTO THE MARKET? WHY ? BECAUSE THE GMOA HS NO TIME TO LOOK INTO MATTERS WHEN THEY FULL TIME OCCUPIED WITH THE SAITM AND ORGANISING STRIKE AROUND THE COUNTRY, AND EVEN TO AN EXTENT OF INVOLUNTARY MURDER OF PATIENTS DURING THE HOSPITALS DOCTORS ON STRIKE.GOING BACK TO CREAMS ONE MIGHT SUSPECT MAY BE THE DOCTOR'S WIFE OR DAUGHTER OR EVEN HIMSELF HAD USED THESE POOR QUALITY CREAMS AND HAD PROBLEMS ??
Alston Wednesday, 27 September 2017 06:12 AM
Isn't it better to rectify low quality or no service situation of medical professionals before commenting on cosmetics?
N. Perera Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:07 AM
There are enough facilities to test heavy metals level in low quality cosmetics coming into the country without a legal importer and distributor. Toxicity of Mercury is a very serious issue. Mercury can make to very fair within few days after killing melonocytes (pigments which gives a dark colour to the skin). The GMOA revelation should be taken seriously, the some of the mentioned creams are banned in EU and other countries long time back due to the presence of high levels of mercury.
BV Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:26 AM
At last for the first time in several years the GMOA comments on something sensible.This is what we the people expect from you.
Abex Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:30 AM
Have a strike against this....
Rasheed Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:42 AM
Very much concern about the public, first think how many suffered because of your strike.
dee Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:23 AM
i think all the comments show that people are sick and tired of the GMOA via DM Android App
Aiyo Wednesday, 27 September 2017 09:09 PM
Aiyo ! Tell GMOA officials to use them!
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