Tanzania rules out banning use of artificial nails, eye lashes: minister

DAR ES SALAAM, April 29 (Xinhua) — Tanzanian authorities said on Monday they will not impose a ban on the use of artificial nails and eye lashes after the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) assessment revealed that they caused no human health problems.

Hussein Mwinyi, Minister of Defence and National Service and a professional medical doctor, told parliament in the capital Dodoma that the government will not ban artificial nails and eye ashes after an assessment had found out that the fake nails were safe and suitable for human use.

Mwinyi, who was responding to a question on behalf of the Minister for Health Ummy Mwalimu, said: “An assessment done by TFDA has shown that fake nails and eye ashes have no side effects to mankind.”

In her question, the Member of Parliament on Special Seats, Rukia Kassim Ahmed, had wanted to know measures being taken by the government to enforce legal steps against the use of fake nails and eye lashes among women.

The decision by the government not to ban artificial nails and eye lashes came six months after lawmakers in Tanzania were banned by Speaker of the National Assembly Job Ndugai from entering parliament with fake nails and eye lashes.

Ndugai had imposed the ban after Deputy Minister for Health Faustine Ndungulile had 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.

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,(www.rwandainspirer.com) is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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