Delsu don warns against indiscriminate consumption of liver, kidney

Delsu don warns against indiscriminate consumption of liver, kidney

A university don, Professor Samuel Asagba, has expressed concern over the indiscriminate consumption of liver and kidney by Nigerians. Specifically, the Professor of Environmental Biochemistry and Toxicology of the Department of Biochemistry, Delta State University, Abraka, stated that the liver and Kidney are two organs that have high capacity to accumulate metals. Delivering the 70th

A university don, Professor Samuel Asagba, has expressed concern over the indiscriminate consumption of liver and kidney by Nigerians.

Specifically, the Professor of Environmental Biochemistry and Toxicology of the Department of Biochemistry, Delta State University, Abraka, stated that the liver and Kidney are two organs that have high capacity to accumulate metals.
Delivering the 70th in the series of inaugural lecture of the Delta State University, Professor Asagba said the consumption of these organs may predispose consumers to metal induced toxicity.
Speaking on the theme “Biochemical implications of cadmium in our food and drinking water: should we be worried?.” Professor Asagba outlined his contributions on the subject of cadmium toxicity using the load of the metal in Warri River between 1986 and 1991 as case studies.
“ Many of the published studies of myself showed the possible toxic effect of the consumption of the level of cadmium in Warri River and contaminated fish from the river during the period in question.”
The inaugural lecturer also outlined the alleviating effects of natural products of plant origin such as carrots, garden egg, oats, Hisbiscus sabdarrifa extract (zobo) and honey on cadmium toxicity.
He attributed the protective action of these natural products to the presence of antioxidants such as anthocynins and vitamins.
Professor Asagba, therefore, stressed the need for the study of the toxicological implications of chronic low level exposure to heavy metals such as cadmium in Nigeria in view of the increasing contamination of its soil and water bodies by heavy metals as result of industrialization.
He advocated for establishment of a specialized centre managed by a multi disciplinary team of experts, which should be saddled with addressing the needs of individuals with heavy metal toxicity.
According to him such a centre could provide input on the residential environment, possible sources of heavy metal exposure and socio-economic and housing conditions of individuals living in contaminated areas in Nigeria.
Dignitaries at the inaugural lecture include representative of HRM Orhue 1, the Orodje of Okpe; Chairman of the University’s Governing Council, Prof Sam Oyovbaire, Principal Officers and members of the university’s Senate among others.

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