This is contained in a message from the WHO director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, on the occasion of the World Health Day, April 7.The message also urges the international organisations, food companies and consumers to put into practice measures to improve food security.
For the WHO, all parties have a role to play on food security, having thus urged people involved in food issues and consumers to learn about the most common dangers associated with food in order to ensure safer food.
The message states the lack of food security is responsible for the death of about two million people a year around the world, including Africa.
The source adds that babies, children, pregnant women, elderly people and persons are the most vulnerable to problems associated with inappropriate food.
According to WHO data, more than 100,000 cases of cholera were recorded in 2014 in 22 countries resulting in the death of 1700 people.
Since early this year, the source says, cholera outbreaks have been recorded in 13 countries, having so far killed more than 200 people out of 13,000 cases.
According to the WHO, food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites and hazardous chemical substances can cause many health problems, including more than 200 diseases like typhoid, diarrheas and cancers.
Published: 06 Apr 2015. By ANGOP
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