Tanzania: Makamba advocates renewable energy to protect health and the environment

Dodoma – ENERGY Minister January Makamba has reiterated an appeal to members of the public to opt for the use of renewable energy for cooking to safeguard the environment and their health.

Speaking virtually at the official opening of the Seminar for Women Parliamentarians, Mr. Makamba recalled some disturbing statistics on the danger of using charcoal or firewood as a source of energy for cooking.

An estimated 33,000 people die each year due to the effects of smoke from firewood and charcoal.

The number is all the higher as they die of HIV/AIDS accidents.

Makamba noted that every day many women who use charcoal and firewood for cooking inhale toxic fumes which affect their health and slowly kill them.

“If you do a medical examination on a villager today, you will find that his lungs are affected in the same way as those of smokers,” he quoted.

Makamba argued that using firewood and charcoal can even cause miscarriages; however, he said the issue is not well understood in the community; therefore, he challenged parliamentarians to add more voices on the issue by creating awareness.

Mr. Makamba assured that the government has made several efforts to ensure that safe energy for cooking is readily available for rural people to use.

Furthermore, Makamba said the government is still considering improving the energy policy so that people can be assured of having access to safe energy for cooking.

For his part, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Mussa Zungu, said such a seminar should be a catalyst for lawmakers to raise their voices in the community to help rural women avoid use dangerous energy for cooking.

Zungu told MPs to raise their voices to increase the use of safe energy to combat illness and even death caused by charcoal and firewood fumes.

The director of the Rural Energy Agency (REA), Hassan Said, noted that 90% of people in rural areas use charcoal and firewood, while the biggest challenge is the availability of gas. of the kitchen.