Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has urged states across the country to accept and reform the ongoing Food Safety Programme for the good health of Nigerians.
Adewole made the call while declaring open a one day awareness creation on National Policy on Food Safety and its implementation Strategy (NPFSIS) in Yola, the Adamawa state capital on Friday.
According to him, food is a very vital necessity of life, which deserved safety components for sustainable health and economic growth.
“The Federal Ministry of Health formulated and adopted the National Policy on Food Safety and its Implementation Strategy (NPFSIS) in March, 2016.
“The policy is to streamline the activities along the food chain for effective and efficient oriented food safety programme.
“Therefore, I urge and encourage all State Governments across the country to accept and reform the food safety by setting up their states food safety management committee (SFSMC),’’ Adewole said.
Adewole, who was represented by Mr Fubara Chukwu, a Director in the ministry, regretted the lapses in food safety as reported by the World Health Organisation (WHO) leading to daily occurrence of food borne illness.
The Minister said that the current report from the WHO estimated that food borne disease caused illness at the ratio of one to ten persons, especially in children less than five years.
He noted that preventable food borne disease outbreaks such as cholera, Lassa fever, diarrhoea, lead and methanol poisoning had plagued many states with different impact level in recent years.
“These diseases are generally the consequence of poor food safety culture and poor hygiene practices in the country,’’ he said.
In his remark, Gov. Muhammadu Bindow of Adamawa, said that the State Government has directed the state sister agency to reform the food safety department.