The World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday gave a startling revelation that no fewer than 300,000 people died yearly from food poisoning and other related diseases in Africa. The international organization disclosed this yesterday while unveiling the Food Safety Tips Programme, organised by the United Nation Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) at the Tahir Guest Palace This was even as a food expert, Mr. John Tahinse noted that WHO already listed 200 types of food poisoning and food borne diseases in the continent.
Tahinse added that the annual projection of death from the foods related diseases stands at 1.8 million annually, lamenting that despite this not much enlightenment campaign were being carried out to the millions of the victims. The food expert noted that the foods poisoning are mainly from contamination, viruses, chemical and many other agents of the poisoning, adding that lack of proper storage of farming produced are major causes of the foods poisoning.
On his part, the Chairman of Dawanau Grains Dealers Association, Yusuf Maikallawa, said government should introduced strategy to enlighten Nigerians on food poisoning, urging the government to introduce cinema in most of the nation’s foods markets and other foods joints to show the critical effects of food poisoning on the people.
The chairman, who attributed hunger and starvation in the country to unannounced banning of importation of maize and other foods items in 2015 by the government, said what was stored was grossly inadequate for consumption of the people. He said: “What we had was not enough to keep Nigerians out of hunger in 2015 and the sudden banning of foods importation caused serious hunger since what was stored was merely eaten away by the people and livestock.”
Source: New Telegraph
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