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The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) is delighted to join the rest of the World in commemorating the World Health Day on Tuesday, 7April 2015, under the theme ‘Food Safety’.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that more than two million people die annually as a result of taking unsafe food and more than 200 diseases have emerged as a result of food contamination.

New threats to food safety are constantly emerging. Major challenges to national food safety systems are as a result of changes in food production, distribution and consumption, changes to the environment, new and emerging pathogens and antimicrobial resistance. Increases in travel and trade enhance the likelihood that contamination can spread internationally.

As the World celebrates World Health Day, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, would like to urge the Government to ensure that measures are put in place to ensure food safety. Consumers should also ensure that they do not compromise on their own health by consuming unsafe food stuffs that create a vicious cycle of diseases as this impacts badly on the socio economic development of the country.

ZHRC would also like to take this opportunity to remind all Zimbabweans about their Right to Health Care and Right to Food and Water enshrined in the Constitution.

Section 76 states that, “Every citizen and permanent resident of Zimbabwe has the right to have access to basic health-care services, including reproductive health care services.”

It further states that, “Every person living with a chronic illness has the right to have access to basic health care services for the illness.”

Section 77 further states that: “Every person has the right to safe, clean and potable water as well as sufficient food”.

In both section 76 and 77 of the Constitution, the Government is encouraged to fulfil its mandate to the people of Zimbabwe so that their rights to health care, food and water are progressively realised.

As food supply becomes increasingly globalized, it is necessary to strengthen food safety systems in, between and among all countries.

For more information please contact:-

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission

3 Elcombe Rd

Belgravia

HARARE

Tel: 04 – 700705/ 700710 or 700533

ZHRC Press Statement on World Health Day – 7 April 2015