University Don raises alarm and proffer solution on the effect of pesticides on human and animals.
Michael Olanrewaju, Ilorin.
A professor of Environmental toxicology, University of Ilorin,Suleiman Folorunsho Ambali has raised an alarm on the effects of pesticides on human and animal lives.
Ambali, of the Department of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Ilorin raised the alarm at the 192nd inaugural lecture of the University held on Thursday, February 6, 2020.
Delivering the lecture titled, “Preventing pesticides from poisoning away our health and future – the oxidative approach”, Ambali said, ” from the alarming results obtained from the highlighted experimental, clinical and epidemiological studies, it is obvious that these economic poisons called pesticides have been damaging the health of the human and animal populace in an unprecedented manner, contributing to prevalence and incidence of some diseases; of particular note is the poisoning of the unborn children through their mothers, and childhood poisoning.”
He added, “Looking critically at the health consequences of prenatal, neonatal and childhood exposure to pesticides, I say with all sense of responsibility that “we have been poisoning away the future of our children,” which in order words means “we are poisoning away our future.” As men and women of conscience, this should be a source of concern to all of us.”
To stem the devastating effects of pesticides, Prof Ambali advocated an increase in the level of awareness and advocacy on the dangers associated with indiscriminate use and disposal of pesticides.
He also charged that policies aimed at reducing the use of pesticide in agriculture should be put in place as well as measures to encourage safe use of pesticides by farmers, applicators and relevant people on that line.
Ambali called on regulatory agencies like National Agency for Food Drug and Control (NAFDAC) and National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) to work with research experts in higher institutions of learning for “continuous reevaluation of all registered pesticides.”
He equally advocated “a National Agency for the Monitoring and Control of Residues from Hazardous Chemicals” as a “strategic framework for enforcement, constant revision of legislation and regulatory control on pesticide manufacture, importation, sales, usage, and residues.”
He called on “Government at all levels to ensure that chemicals and methods use for storage of agricultural products are in line with the global best practices.”
While calling on government to ban open sales of pesticides, Ambali said that border control to control the importation of dangerous and hazardous pesticides should be strengthened.
He strongly advocated that “antioxidants be incorporated into therapeutic and prophylactic management strategies in man and animal.”