‘Ponmo’ remains a favourite Nigerian delicacy despite years of public health warning about some of its potentially harmful effects. Would Nigeria’s Ponmo lovers dump the delicacy after watching this short video of an Abuja abattoir? No one really knows. Watch the video which was posted on You Tube by NANTV and lets have your reactions below!
Three years ago, NAN reported the dangers of consuming it, quoting Dr Isuwa Adamu, Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Leather Science and Technology (NILEST), Zaria.
Adamu said consumption of animal hides and skin as meat substitute is dangerous to health.
According to him, scientifically, ponmo does not have any nutritional value to human health.
“In fact, it is not advisable for you to consume ponmo in the sense that some of the animals killed and used for ponmo actually have skin diseases.
“Some of these skin diseases are such that boiling them ordinarily, may not kill the bacteria,’’ Adamu said.
He added that some of the animals killed had been ill and undergoing injections but the rearers went ahead to kill them, leaving the buyers vulnerable to chemicals in the animal skin.
“Some of the animals because of the ailments that they had, are sometimes treated by way of injection with chemicals.
“People don’t allow these chemicals to complete its cycle and be removed from the body; they sometimes go ahead to kill these animals.
“So, if you consume the ponmo, the tendency is that you are consuming the chemicals directly because the skin part of the animal retains most of the harmful substances.”
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