By John Thawite, New Vision
KAMPALA-- THE senior principle environmental officer in the health
ministry has warned against continued agro-chemical use saying
they reduce spermcount.
Tom Mwebesa was facilitating at a two-day workshop on combating
environment-related epidemics like cholera in Kasese district.
"Men no longer have the right amount of sperms because of
chemical use. There is no guess work about that," he said.
He tipped against the use of DDT to fight malaria saying it had
severe side-effects. "It can effectively kill mosquitoes
but it will also affect aquatic life." He said DDT use was
a threat to AGOA market saying once detected in Uganda's agricultural
goods, the world market will reject the products.
"Though these chemicals can result in a bumper harvest,
the chemical pollution is enormous," he said.
"If you take DDT in water, it may be safe because you can
defecate it; but once you fry foods contaminated with DDT, the
problems begin and they can appear after many years."
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