Health ministry should inspect, regulate people vending milk
Posted Friday, October 4 2013 at 01:00
I recently bought milk from a well-known vendor around Mukono Market. A few days later my two children in Primary four and Primary six got stomach complications that kept them out of school. A visit to the pediatrician revealed that it was an infection by bacteria that thrives in the milk.
My children were down for a week suffering from diarrhoea, stomach cramping, and vomiting. Two weeks later, they were much better and back on their feet but still under medication.
The question is who regulates this milk? Does the Ministry of Health know where it comes from and how it gets to the market? What measures have been put in place to ensure that milk is safe for consumers like me and others? As a mother, my family’s health is my biggest priority.
Many people choose to consume milk from vendors in support of the local farmers; some people want to eat less processed food while others have heard that raw milk contains more nutrients than processed milk, or that it can prevent or even solve various health problems.
But how far has the government gone in ensuring that all milk on the market is inspected and why have the masses not been educated on the dangers of contaminated milk?