Head of Cardiology at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr Abdul Sahmed Tanko, has cautioned the public against excessive consumption of salted tilapia (koobi)
According to him the excessive consumption of the salted tilapia has been cited as one of the causes of heart-related diseases in Ghana.
Speaking at the launch of World Heart Day in Accra, he described foul-smelling fish known popularly as ‘momoni’ as dangerous for one’s health and thus, has to be taken in moderation.
“We put so much salt in our foods which is not good for our health. Excessive intake of ‘koobi’ ‘kako’and ‘momoni’ can also cause heart-related diseases and I advise against it. We have to eat them in moderation,” he said.
In March 2017, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, who doubles as an accomplished heart surgeon and Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, warned fishmongers to stop using a chemical called formalin to preserve ‘koobi’ which has been found to be injurious to human health.
He said the chemical which is used for preserving corpses, can cause cancer and other life-threatening diseases when consumed in any food including the salted dried fish, ‘koobi’.