Instead of going on social media, the FCT Department of Public Health has
advised food business handlers in the territory to channel their complaints to its office.
The appeal was made by the director in charge of the department, Dr
Josephine Okechukwu, in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja.
She said that “some food business owners prefer to say their grievances on social media, with some even saying things that are not true, a step that is tarnishing the image of the department.”
According to her the FCT Department of Public Health has contacts with many food business owners and hotels, and if
there are problems facing their business, they can always call instead of going to social media that won’t solve the problem.
“Those going to social media to report their issues are only being mischievous, and are not willing to do the right thing to safeguard public health.
“No system is perfect, but some food handlers are not willing to do the right thing. We always give them document that contains the modus operandi of food business in the FCT.
“The document explains how to go about handling food business in the FCT, including certification and other things necessary. The big establishments and hotels are not complaining because they follow the guidelines.
“Before collecting every necessary document, staff of the department always do marking of shops first and discuss with the managements of prospective food businesses, explaining to them, what to do.”
She added, however, that many of them flaunt the rules and only
go to social media to paint a separate scenario to whip sentiment.
Okechukwu advised these food business operators to withdraw from the act, comply with the rules
and regulations and, if they have any issues, always contact the Department of Public Health.