The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has advised Nigerians to stop the consumption of non-iodised salt, saying it is detrimental to human health.The Director of Public Affairs- Dr Abubakar Jimoh of the agency, gave this advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja today Tuesday 17th September 2019.
The director spoke while responding to the rumour that people in the rural communities were still consuming the local salt which was not processed.He said that the consumption of such local salt could lead to goitre and other diseases that are dangerous to human health and called on Nigerians to do away with such salt.
According to the director, there are four areas in Nigeria where traditional salt is still being traded, particularly in Nasarawa State.
“NAFDAC is making an effort to stop the trading of this salt in these states but some of them have refused said the director. With the creation of NAFDAC in 1993, that was the first time and there is still major work to be done on salt consumption.We have organised a sensitization workshop on universal salt iodisation. We have been educating Nigerians that we should not be consuming this local salt because it is not iodised. We began a programme in collaboration with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Micro Nutrient Initiative, Global Alliance and other development partners on the issue.We flag-off a campaign against that and it was held in Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, in 2004 under late Professor Dora Akunyili as the Director General of the agency. Nasarawa is one of the identified four major endemic areas, they have insisted that it is their traditional source of making a livelihood, it is commerce for them”.