Cameroon observes World Food Day this 16th October 2019 on the theme, “Our Actions Are Our Future. Healthy Diets for A #ZeroHunger World”.
On the occasion, officials from the Ministry of Trade announce some measures to ensure food safety.
Control teams have been visiting markets in the nation’s capital to inspect storage facilities.
Business persons have been cautioned against selling stake or contaminated food to clients.
The Health expert’s concern
In consonance with this year’s theme, health experts are sounding the alarm bell on healthy diets.
Dr. Rachel Heukane, Medical doctor of the Cameroon National Association for Family Welfare , CAMNAFAW Mimboman says the right foods in the right amounts are fundamental for a long and healthy life.
She stresses on the need to review feeding habits. But, the first safety measure is abstaining from buying cooked food.
” Food vendors must have good hygienic practices, but most sell exposed food . They also use water which is of doubtful quality to cook. Others even visit the restroom, and continue serving food to clients without washing their hands. To be on the safe side, it’s preferable to not consume cooked food”
The doctor observes that typhoid fever and yeasts infection, principally gotten from home made local drinks , yogurts and pastry products have become a rampant health problem for some time now”.
Poor feeding habits have also been identified as a principal cause of a handful of diseases.
Some of them are ;
# Heart diseases
# diarrhea and dysentery
A healthy and long life
According to health experts, a healthy diet includes four basic food groups.
These food groups are ; diary, meat , vegetables and fruits.
Dr.Rachel Heukane, says eating healthy also means having a varied diet, but this should be in the right amounts.
On World Food Day, actors are not only concerned about food security. Healthy feeding is the take-home message of the 2019 edition.
Kathy Neba Sina