A serving Corp member at Osigbo, Osun State recently died from Sniper after she applied it to her hair to kill the lice troubling her.
The victim identified as Ayomikun Juliana was said to have gone to a salon to get her hair done, only to discover that her hair was infested with lice.
Hitsvibz later gathered that she applied Sniper to her hair and covered it up with the sole aim of killing the lice when she got home, but unfortunately for her, the Sniper had done a lot of damage to her head upon her waking up in the morning. She was said to have been rushed to the hospital but never survived.
This loss of life can categorically be attributed to the false notion that this chemical is effective in combating hair lice despite the health risk and potential life threatening consequences.
Unfortunately it seems it will take the loss of a life to shed the spotlight on the dangers of engage in this behaviour. It is WRONG. Sniper according to the product description is a restricted product used to control over 30 foliar and soil borne pests. This insecticide is a synthetic organophosporus chemical meant for farms or greenhouses only. It is NOT meant to be used on humans or animals as a form of domestic pest/insect control.
The wrong use of this products has resulted in some death in other parts of the world such as Serrekunda, The Gambia. Its use for the wrong reasons as the public misused the product to combat house hold pests like cockroaches and mosquitos became a cause for concern that the Government officially banned the importation, distribution, sale and use of sniper across the country.
I believe the Ministry of Health needs to step up and research, investigate and put forward to the house a proposal for limitation if not total ban of this harmful chemical before we loose anymore lives.