Namibians Urged to Eat Healthy and Exercise More
Namibians like too much salt and sugar, leading to the rise of non-communicable diseases in the country. 40% to 45% of men and women are suffering from high blood pressure and about 60% do not know they have high blood pressure until they suffer from a stroke, cardiac disease etc. The number of people suffering from diabetes stands at 7%. Another issue that needs to be looked at, is the abuse of alcohol and cigarettes. These were the sentiments of Professor Monir Islam, World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative to Namibia. Meanwhile, in promoting a healthy lifestyle in the country, Horticulturist Pekka Pukema from Namibia Future Farming (NFF), said Aquaponics a cultivation method which is a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics is organic and can enrich ones diet. NFF, has set up aquaponic growing centres to introduce communities to the concept of aquaponics while the produce will be available to the host to use in his / her own discretion. When individuals that were exposed to these centres become interested the NFF will train them, put them through a selection process and then assist them to build their own domestic systems.
Encouraging Namibians to lead a healthy lifestyle, Spotlight News speaks to Horticulturist Pekka Pukema from Namibia Future Farming (NFF) and Professor Monir Islam, World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative to Namibia.