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Uganda: Chemicals reduce sperm count

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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