Welcome To Our Blog

In our society, to a lot of people, food-borne illness, commonly called “food poisoning”, is simply having a troubling stomach ache that sends them repeatedly to the toilet a few hours of the day after which the pain and discomfort subsides and they move on with life. If you are really unlucky, you get a few bouts of vomiting alongside with the tummy ache. Indeed many people never seek any proper medical attention when they fall victims of food-borne illness beyond taking unrecommended self-medication using over the counter non-prescription drugs to address the symptoms.
While it is true that the common symptoms of food-borne illness are stomach pains, vomiting and diarrhea, what many folks do not realize is that food-borne illness exerts a tremendous toll in terms of human life and suffering, mainly among infants and young children, the elderly and other vulnerable groups like people recovering from surgery, HIV/AIDS patients etc. This toll in-turn places a heavy burden on the public health system and the economy of the country.

Although the full and accurate extent of the food-borne illness burden in Nigeria is largely unknown, what is known is that the WHO estimated that there are 200,000 deaths from diarrhea every year in Nigeria of which as many as 70% is attributed to contaminated food and water. There is a general consensus amongst public health experts that figures like this are just the tip of the clinical iceberg and that the actual number of cases are expected to far exceed the figure given due to lack of adequate monitoring and evaluation mechanism of food borne illness occurrences in the country and also because of underreporting, since a large number of food-borne illnesses are clinically mild and are less likely to be reported and also due to prevalent religious and superstitious beliefs that attributes food-borne illnesses to supernatural causes like witchcraft etc.

This blog is expected to be a means of increasing the awareness about the largely ignored burden that food-borne illness places on the public health system in this country.

Comments, feedback and contributions are welcome.

Cheers

TAAkanji

Founder, Food-Borne Illness Prevention Initiative

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4 thoughts on “Welcome To Our Blog

  1. Thank you for creating this awareness campaign. I am hopeful very many avoidable food-borne illnesses will be prevented in our country.

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