COST OF LIVING RISING WHILE INCOME REMAINS STAGNANT

Nutrition related illnesses are bound to rise as families struggle to
cope with the rising cost of living. Many people interviewed could no
longer tell the price of a kilo of meat which is now at 220 dalasi.An income of 1500 dalasi a month leaves the person with only 50 dalasi
to spend on a daily basis. Four sweet potatoes cost 20 dalasi. Six
onions also cost 20 dalasi, while three carrots cost 20 dalasi.
Hence, it is becoming common for families to exclude vegetables from
their diet and feed on rice and oil with a chicken leg or fish that is
not sufficient to give a balance diet to even one person.
People are wondering why diabetes is so rampant. In a situation where
many families depend on rice pudding with only sugar without milk one
should expect many nutritional deficiencies.
Anybody who claims that the Gambia has reduced the problem of hunger
should be asked to state the average income of the Gambian in relation
to the cost of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Any family of five that
earns 1500 dalasi a month cannot afford one meal a day and is living
in abject poverty. Such family members must live by begging. Many send
their children to neighbours to play from sun up to sun down so that
they could eat. One finds it difficult to see scrap metals around.
Young children go about to scavenge for such metals for sale to
dealers.
Poverty is real. It is a threat to health and general welfare and
needs to be exposed and tackled head on and not covered up and
ignored.