Sunday, 8 January 2017
According to a medical practitioner at Abuja Federal Medical Center,Arikawe Adeolu,excessive consumption of catfish could increase one's chance of developing heart diseases. He noted that the catfish contained omega-6 fatty acids that could increase the level of inflammation in the body. He added that inflammation is the underlying cause of cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers and diabetes. He further added that though the presence of omega-3 fatty acid in catfish has a lot of health benefits,its ratio is by far lesser than the omega-6-fatty acid. According to him, it is necessary we consume in moderation to prevent health complications. He stated the role of the each fatty acids and pointed out that when catfish features a lot in your diet, you consume more omega-6 fatty acids in your diet than the protective omega-3 fatty acids thereby putting yourself in danger of contracting disease. He said catfish was a good source of protein, rich in essential amino acids needed to build muscles, bones and different tissues in the body. "catfish contains a moderate amount of calories per serving or per gram, hence, was an ideal choice for those watching their body weight. "catfish is rich in phosphorus and magnesium, which are essential micro-nutrients that play a significant role in a lot of biochemical processes in the body. "Catfish has a very low amount of mercury, which is very toxic to the human body and can, when consumed in large quantities, damage the nervous system," according to him. Source:Premium times
Monday, 2 January 2017
According to Kano State government, over 9,000 birds have been killed by bird flu as the disease was discovered in the state two weeks ago. The Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Shehu Bawa, who made this known last week in Kano, said that the birds were killed in two poultry farms that had been infected with the disease in the state. According to Bawa, only two farms were hit by the disease and the farms had since been depopulated. He further stated that, "We killed 500 birds in the first farm, while 8,500 were killed in the second farm." Bawa said the ministry would work hard to checkmate the spread of the disease by monitoring and disinfecting the affected farm, also continue to sensitise farmers on the need for them to ensure clean environment. He urged Federal Government to pay compensation to farmers who lost their birds in 2015 due to the appearance of the disease, as the affected farmers were yet to receive anything from government. According to the director, The payment will greatly assist in checking the spread of the disease as they (poultry farmers) would promptly report any outbreak of the disease to government since they know they would get compensation. He finally noted that the Federal Government should assist the affected farmers to alleviate their sufferings even if they are not fully compensated Source:allafrica.com
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