Poor Food and Hygiene Kills 137,000 Persons Yearly In Africa

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Minister of Health

Food and proper hygiene is needed for the survival of man.

At a gathering in Port Harcourt in River State, Nigeria, at the event organized to create awareness programme on National policy on Food Safety and its Implementation Policy, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, disclosed that over 137,000 persons die yearly in Africa due to poor food safety culture and proper hygiene.

The Minister of Health was represented by the Director, Food and Drug Services Department in the Ministry of Health, Mrs. Anthonia Opara, stated that data released by the World Health Organisation (WHO), showed that about one in every 10 children below five years also suffers from food borne illnesses yearly.

He stated that “World Health Organisation (WHO) African region reported 91 million cases of food borne illness with 137,000 deaths yearly. In recent years the country has been plagued with preventable food borne disease outbreaks such as cholera , Lassa fever , typhoid fever and chemical contamination.”

The Minister of Health further concluded that the essence of the awareness programme on National policy on Food Safety and its Implementation Policy was geared towards the promotion of safe food practices in rural communities round the country.

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