15 April 2015
All three Tokelau atolls last week marked the World Health Day (WHD) with celebration in island style to highlight the importance of food safety for health of our people.
The importance of food safety was presented through various activities, including cooking competition using local resources and awareness talks from Health staffs in the respective villages.
Unsafe food is linked to the deaths of an estimated 2 million people annually – including many children. Food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances is responsible for more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhoea to cancers.
The main objective World Health Day celebration this year was to encourage the people on using local resources for cooking ingredients and make aware on efforts to ensure that production, distribution, and preparation of food is done safely to protect and promote good health.