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Food safety essential for public health

Feb 6, 2012, 3:28 PM

Food safety is, no doubt, essential for public health.

 Improving the health of communities and protecting them from infection is key to having a healthy society.

Our public health officials should be allowed to do their work effectively for the well-being of all.

There should be no compromise when it comes to promoting the health of the public.

Ensuring that the foods sold in our markets and streets are clean and safe for public consumption is necessary.

It is also expected from the street food vendors, in particular, that they clean their environment, and observe strict personal hygiene for safety of our population.

When our public health system is strengthened, it would improved our quality of life and increase in life expectancy, reduce infant and child mortality, and the elimination or reduction of many communicable diseases.

Simple actions, such as washing hands with soap after using the toilet and before handling food, can have extremely far reaching effects in preventing the spread of diseases such as cholera and diarrhea.

These diseases are so very easily preventable, but have such dire and sometimes fatal consequences when they are spread in the general population.

Public health is everybody’s concern, and this is why it is good that we bring the issue to the attention of the authorities and the general public as a whole.

Public health is indeed public wealth!