The Dean, Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, Hallmark University, Prof. Obatunde Adetola, has warned Nigerians about the unhealthy conditions under which livestock are slaughtered at famous markets across the country.
A statement made available to Oyo News, indicated that the Professor said this today, during a seminar on health and wellness held at Hallmark University, Ijebu-Itele.
Speaking on the paper, ‘From Womb to Tomb’, the University Don, Obatunde noted that markets such as Ita Osun and Oke-Aje in Ijebuland, where livestock are openly slaughtered, have been practicing unhealthy methods.
Prof Obatunde said this practice has continued to compromise the health of Nigerians.
Obatunde added that, livestock selling and slaughtering should not occurr in an environment below international standards for food consumption.
He noted that red meat is not recommended as a healthy food for consumption from age 40 and above
“Aside from the unsuitability of red meat for human consumption, the conditions of its slaughtering, its sales and preparation as food in eateries and parties are compromised and below approved healthy standards”.
According to him, “most of the Nigerian cities require attention especially from the health and medical perspectives aside from the general aesthetics. Interestingly, worship centres in Ijebu cities are cleaner than the markets. If the worship centres can be kept clean for spiritual purposes, the markets and indeed the entire cities should also be cleaned for the sake of human he alth”
“Aside the major prescriptions for health and wellness by nature, which include Oxygen, Water, Food, Shelter and Sleep, the environment is also considered more vital than ever before because of the level of compromises that have left the natural environment dysfunctional in support of human health and wellness. Human health status is determined by four major factors according to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC). These determinants are: Genetics (20%), Environment (20%), Access to Medical Care (10%) and finally, Health Behaviours (50%). The determinants show that individuals, families, communities, nations and government the world over focus on Access to Medical Care which is just 10% of the determinants of the health status of an average person. Several billions, if not trillions, of each nation’s currency are voted for Access to Medical Care as against others even when a determinant like health behaviour has 50% contribution to health status. Is that not ridiculous and a pointer to a call for possible reconsideration of health care priorities the world over? What happened to the Health Behaviour of humans that is about 50% of the determinants of the overall health status? ”
While shedding light on the burden of illness in developing countries, the Don disclosed that diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, chronic kidney diseases, cardiovascular diseases, cancers and mental disorders, cost Africa $2.4 trillion each year.
“The social burden of illness in Africa leads to extreme Poverty, negative impact on vulnerable populations, inability to work and be economically productive , psychological trauma such that illnesses affect the lives of family members in many ways which include their emotional, financial, family relationships, education and work, leisure time, and social activities”, he said.