Afghanistan observed World Health Day on Tuesday and promoted the World Health Organization's (WHO) efforts to improve safety of foods with the slogan "from farm to plate".
In celebrating the day, which is observed worldwide, Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) officials urged the people of Afghanistan to always maintain hygienic practices when eating food.
Health Minister Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz said at an event in Kabul Tuesday that unsafe foods were the cause of over 200 diseases - with most of them posing serious health risks to people.
Unsafe foods caused many infectious and non-infectious diseases, Feroz said, adding that cholera, diarrhea and some cancers were the cause of unsafe food.
He warned that half-cooked food, especially meat, carried high risks of fatal diseases.
"There is a steady increase in the number of health problems caused by unsafe foods," Dr. Feroz said adding that the lack of financial support in the health sector was a major challenge for the ministry in their efforts to promote good health and nutrition in the country.
He stressed the need for financial support from domestic and international organizations in order to tackle the issue of safe food.
According to WHO officials in Afghanistan, the issue of unsafe foods has become a global threat. They urged cooperation between the relevant organizations and governments worldwide in order to tackle the problem.