Residents of Busia county particularly the women have been advised to stop applying cosmetics to change their complexion. Addressing stakeholders during a district development committee meeting at the Nambale Town Council boardroom at the weekend, Kenya Bureau of Standards official Peter Bosire said the use of cosmetics to alter skin pigment is harmful because it contains chemicals can cause kidney failure.
"Majority of women and a section of men in Busia county have resorted to the usage of cosmetics to change their complexion oblivious of the fact that it contains lethal chemicals known for causing kidney failure," said Bosire, adding that majority of Kenyans are suffering from kidney failure due to ignorance.
Bosire cautioned the stakeholders against over-dependence on contraband goods from a neighbouring country such as Tiger batteries which he said are cheap but have corrosive chemicals that destroy radios. Bosire also advised all the members of Nambale dairy cooperative society to ensure that they take the samples of their milk to the Kenya Bureau of Standards offices based at the Busia customs for certification before selling the same to the consumers. "A part from selling your milk to local consumers, you can as well sell your milk abroad so long as it has been certified and has standard specification," said the kebs official.
The special programmes officer Shadrack Maloba on his part informed the stakeholders that the Western Kenya Community Driven Development and Flood Mitigation Project which had been under suspension will resume soon adding that the installation of a milk cooler at Nambale shopping centre is already completed and functional. A representative of the department of agriculture James Omemo informed the stakeholders that farmers in the district will be provided with water pans as soon as the funds are available considering that majority of farmers around are undertaking horticultural activities.