EASTERN PROVINCE HAS THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF STUNTED CHILDREN – KASOLO
Written by ClementB on July 21, 2017
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo says the region has the highest percentage of stunted children in the country.
Speaking in a speech read on his behalf by the Provincial assistant Secretary Royd Tembo at Cross Roads Lodge this morning during the aflatoxin contamination sensitization, Mr Kasolo says according to Zambia’s demographic health survey of 2016, Eastern Province has the highest number of stunted children despite the province being the highest producer of groundnuts in the country.
And speaking at the same occasion, Director of Research and Outreach at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr Limbikani Matumba says there is need to introduce new technologies of harvesting and storing crops so as to reduce the aflatoxins on crops which are harmful to human beings when consumed.
Dr Limbikani says most crops consumed by the local producers are full of aflatoxins compared to crops exported and that this compromises the health of the local people especially those in rural areas
He has since appealed to the Zambia Beaurea of Standards to inspect the crops the local people are consuming if their lives are to be safeguarded.
Aflatoxins are any of the family of mycotoxins, produced by molds that can be toxic; typicaly found as contaminants of animal food or peanuts.