Mr Jonas Tibire Kolog, the Nabdam District Nutrition Officer, has urged his colleague District Nutrition Officers to commit themselves to making sure wholesome life-style for girls, youngsters and the aged, in communities they served.
He made the decision in an interview with the Ghana News Agency after a coaching of diet officers organized by the Ghana National Egg Consumption Secretariat (GNECS) in Bolgatanga within the Upper East area.
The coaching was geared toward selling egg consumption in households and communities and served as coaching of trainers for well being workers and well being promoters to succeed in out to purchasers in communities.
Speaking on the advantages of the coaching, Mr Kolog mentioned egg consumption was good because it was an vital supply of protein most households might afford, contemplating its low cost worth in contrast with meat and fish.
He famous that malnutrition was turning into a supply of concern particularly within the Nabdam district the place he served.
According to him, the district focused 56 circumstances for the half 12 months, however recorded 57 circumstances of malnourished youngsters within the district, with 11 per cent being extreme.
He mentioned anaemia in pregnant ladies was additionally excessive with 52 per cent of them being anaemic however “this may be corrected if the ladies devour eggs as it’s wealthy in iron,” he added.
He mentioned most individuals within the rural areas couldn’t afford fish which was costly and famous that the coaching acquired would empower the officers to advertise 4 star food regimen within the communities and well being centres.
He emphasised that from conception to age two years, youngsters wanted some important vitamins of their food regimen to allow them to develop nicely, bodily and mentally.
He mentioned his outfit must demystify the myths that encompass consumption of eggs, with group stakeholders, by selling 4 star food regimen utilizing native dishes and incorporating eggs.
He famous that almost all households consumed principally cereals, which had been the staple, due to their low monetary situations due to this fact sensitizing them on different protein sources together with eggs would assist.
Mr Kolog mentioned mass schooling alone was not sufficient, and so well being employees could be inspired to make use of fliers to sensitize the communities and have interaction the individuals individually to assist to determine the gaps in household diets.