Thursday, December 13, 2007

Effects of cooking fires explored in Ghana

Researchers in Ghana believe that pneumonia and respiratory diseases were linked to dangerous cooking practices, they’ve decided to whether cooking over open fires causes adverse infections. In Ghana, 97 percent of rural households cook with biomass fuel.

The study, known as the Biomass Project, is a collaborative research activity between the centre and the Biomass Working Group at Columbia University in the United States.

The results of the research will be important in finding an intervention to control respiratory diseases in Ghana and Africa if found successful and beneficial.

Dr Kwaku Poku Asante, a clinical research fellow at [Ghana's Kintampo Health Research Centre], told journalists visiting the centre that most people in rural areas used charcoal and firewood for cooking and children suffered from the harmful effects of the smoke because mothers strapped them on their backs while cooking in an enclosed area.

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