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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

HEALTH NEWS: Akwa Ibom govt warns residents to desist from eating 'Ponmo'

Akwa Ibom state government has warned residents of the state to desist from eating cow skin popularly known as Ponmo as research has shown that the consumption of the cow skin has led to the increase in cancer and liver problems in the state. At a press conference in Uyo yesterday April 26th, the state Commissioner for Agriculture & Natural Resources, Mr. Godwin Afangideh, represented by Director of Veterinary Services in the state, Dr. Obot Obot said the high quantity of salt used for the preservation of the cow skin has been traced to have adverse effect on the liver of the consumers and also increases the risk of having cancer.

"The state government, through the veterinary services directorate of the ministry, has embarked on a sensitisation campaign in some markets in the local government areas to talk to the people about the danger of consuming such meat. The veterinary officer, who was in charge of the sensitisation campaign, went to different markets and talked to the people on the imperatives of how to watch out for toxic meat following reports of its importation into the country. Cow skin meat, which is five times thicker than ordinary skin meat, is injected with a toxic substance called formalin used for its preservation. This formalin in the long run is capable of causing cancer and liver problems due to high concentration of salt used for their preservation.”he said

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Nwigwe Ogochukwu Anne

Hmmm..it doesn't give any nutrient shall but helps in garnishing Adam soup.tanx for info

Yvonne Onaibe

Looool.....nice with Roasted yam though 

Endy Edeson

@yvonne & nwigwe: i don't even like it. yvonne, it seems you eat it a lot

Sunkanmi Fashanu

Let all enemies of ponmo be scattered. Wetin the tin do una sef. You leave cigarette alone come dey accuse ponmo for cancer. There is God oooo!

Niyi Olu Emmanuel Ademola

Ponmon has no nutritive value, why kill our leather industry in the name of exercising the mouth? Please, let our leather industries thrive well.

Aruoture Goodie

I wouldn't take dat... Kponmo Dey gv ogbono 1 kind taste Lyk dat, so unique... I no fit leave am abeg, ‪#‎saynotokponmophobia‬

Azeez Adekoya Falcon

this isthe problem we are facing in nigeria. instead of sending the msg to nigerians as whole. Abi na only Akwa Ibom pple dey consume ponmo. the best tin is to take the matter to federal and from there d msg will disseminate to every state

Waliu Ariyo Olamide

now I understand how this works. few month ago italians have discussion with fed govmt on exporting ponmo, the information burst and people go against it that, since the situation of nigeria did not allow everyone access to chicken, that ponmo is the only thing poor man could afford. now I guess they come with brilliance idea

Azeez Adekoya Falcon

@olamide wat a funny valuable point

James Etukeren

I will wash out de salt properly and consume it what about the yuruba people

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