Cow-skin popularly called ‘ponmo’ is not healthy for the elderly as claimed in some quarters, Medical Consultant, Ultra Modern Clinic, Government House, Awka, Dr Sunny Ekwunife, has said.
Ekwunife told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Awka that animal skin does not have any proven medical value, but rather it is unhealthy.
“There is no truth in believing that cow skin (ponmo) is good for the elderly.
“How can a damaged motor-tyre that has chemical components added to it while producing, add anything good to a cow skin which undergoes a process of roasting with its flame add to the human body?” he asked.
The doctor therefore advised that rather than consuming that which has no nutritional value, it should be used to create wealth.
“It is mere waste of the cow skin for our people to be consuming it by eating which is a waste on its own.
“It will be more beneficial to the economy to use it to produce lasting products as belts, shoes, so as to improve our living standard and generate funds for the benefit of the nation,” he said.