The marketeers at a little market in Kalaba area of Kaputa met with fortune when they sold their goods as well as doubled their capital in under 15 minutes after going for several days without any significant sales.

This was when the Health Minister Dr. Chilufya spent K500 to buy all the products at the market which included dry fish, kapenta and vegetables.

The elated marketeers couldn’t believe their luck as they had doubled their investment in one afternoon alone.

This happened yesterday when Dr. Chilufya was in Kaputa to deliver ambulances as well as break ground for the commencement of construction of two Mini Hospitals in the area.

Kaputa is a very rural area where the standard of living for the people is considered low with the main diet being kapenta and vegetables.

The Health Minister said the diet consumed by people in rural areas is the best especially in the fight against non communicable diseases which are an emerging public health threat.

He said that President Lungu in his crusade for a healthy nation, was not only emphasizing on physical activity but also a change in eating habits from consumption of too much red meat to more vegetables and foods like fish and kapenta.

He said that the forefathers lived long healthy lives because they ate proper food that benefitted the body which is mostly still the case in the villages.

He bemoaned the advent of fast foods in towns which are causing obesity and other diseases that are leading otherwise productive young people to an early grave.

He commended the marketeers at the small market for the kind of food they were selling and wished everyone especially in the town setup would get back to the basics and consume healthy food in order to lead healthier lives.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Pysical activity by rural communities is also an integral part of their lives. They sweat while working in their fields, they walk to and from their fields, their food has lots if fibre and not much oil. Their carbohydrates/physical activity ratio is just about right.

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    • Have you considered that the protein content is very low hence most villager are stunt and less developed brains ?

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    • The Engineer: Are u serious? They eat lots of proteins from fish, milk, chicken, groundnuts, beans, etc . There’s no evidence their brains are underdeveloped. Stunted growth doesn’t mean underdeveloped brains.

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  2. But am sure it is not the rural diet that has ballooned your body Dr. Chilufya. It must be junk food from urban Zambia. Do not mock the rural people of Zambia who have little to eat. Of course, they may not be susceptible to the kind of Non-Communicable diseases you are.

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  3. Just looking at the person in glasses next to Dr. Chilufya, Deodatus Munsungwe, a native of Chilubi Island says a lot about the rural diet.

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  4. is he implying that one can’t find that same food (fish and all) in say Lusaka?
    what is he saying exactly? if he wants to talk about healthy eating habits, he should do so rather than patronizing the rural folks.
    these ministers/politicians think that they always need to open their mouths when they’ve nothing that they are really saying

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    • Mukolwe I suspect he is just trying to identify that kind of food as opposed to these supermarket brands but you could be right.

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  5. Just look at how healthy the beautiful baby that woman is carrying is. Junk food is yet to visit the area. Please mwebantu avoid Shoprite fridges

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  6. You inflict poverty on them and praise their poor diet.Ok go and live in Luapula yourself, you wont last a week you will be back in Lusaka .Dont justify poverty..

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  7. There is no diet for rural areas and diet for urban people.Diet is decided by level of income. People in the rural areas eat what they can afford and what is available .In fact many poor urban dwellers eat the same food as poor rural (kalembula,impwa,chibwabwa,chisense,fishimu).As soon as incomes rise the diet changes to other things sausages,beef,butter and bread and the like.This Minister should not mock the poor rural whose votes he is now abusing for corruption.

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  8. This thief Dr Chilufya…really laughable…he spent K500 of your money he is RIPPING YOU OFF from $280k ambulances which are worth $40K in Europe.

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  9. It is somewhat a patronizing comment by the minister. With better opportunities for a higher income or animal husbandry, I am sure the villagers would appreciate a more varied diet. The areas main diet is Kapenta and vegetables and the minister is saying this is what is good for you – and others of your kind. Nothing to do with affordability or enabling environment for a wider choice.

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