Madam Gloria Yvonne Kobati, the Upper East Regional Nutrition Officer of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) says breakfast is crucial meal of the day and shouldn’t be skipped.
She noticed that most individuals have been often in a rush to get to their numerous workplaces, and within the course of, skipped their breakfast.
“When you skip breakfast, you don’t get the system working as a result of you’ve got fasted over the evening and have to get some vitality into the physique,” she defined.
Madam Kobati was talking at a Regional stakeholder engagement on the roll-out of vitamin intervention for school-aged youngsters and adolescents, held in Bolgatanga.
The programme introduced collectively Regional, Municipal and District Directors of the GHS and the Ghana Education Service (GES) together with conventional authorities and the media.
She urged mother and father to make sure that their youngsters got a very good breakfast each morning earlier than they left for varsity, insisting that the breakfast would supply them with the required vitality to pay attention successfully throughout contact hours in class.
Madam Kobati famous that it was essential for varsity youngsters to be fed with wholesome meals, saying, “When we discuss of wholesome meals, we imply consuming meals from a wide range of sources. The meals ought to embrace animal supply meals, greens and fruits, cereals, legumes amongst others.”
She mentioned all of the kinds of meals have been known as the “four-star food regimen,” and needs to be in portions that will fulfill the kids.
The Nutrition Officer, subsequently, inspired wholesome consuming of three meals a day with wholesome snacks in between the meals.
Dr Emmanuel Kofi Dzotsi, the Regional Director of the GHS mentioned malnutrition amongst school-aged youngsters had devastating penalties on their development and studying potentials and referred to as for enchancment within the School Feeding Programme.
He mentioned anaemia lowered their faculty achievements as a consequence of impaired cognitive growth, fatigue and brief consideration lifespan whereas weight problems predisposed them to cardiovascular ailments in later life.
“Optimal consuming patterns and habits developed early in life enhances tutorial efficiency and scale back the danger of rapid vitamin associated well being issues,” the Director mentioned.
Dr Dzotsi mentioned the GHS in collaboration with the GES and different companions have been implementing some well being and vitamin interventions in colleges.
“These interventions have been reviewed, and the present plan is to consolidate all of the interventions for school-aged youngsters and adolescents focused at enhancing their dietary standing,” he added.
In a speech learn on his behalf, Mr Edward Azure, the Regional Director of the GES, assured the GHS of its assist for the roll-out of the vitamin intervention in colleges throughout the Region.
Bonaba Baba Salifu Lemyaarum, the Paramount Chief of the Bongo Traditional Area, who represented the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs, urged mother and father to make sure that their youngsters have been in all probability fed in order that they’d be properly nourished.