ODSG trains officers on nutrition
By Jubril Bada
In its drive to disseminate health and nutrition information to a large population, the Ondo State Ministry of Information and Orientation has organised a one-day training for its information officers.
The training, sponsored by the state government, focused on “Role of Media in Food and Nutrition Communication”.
Addressing the participants at the event, the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Chief (Mrs.) Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, lamented the unconsciousness of people about what they eat with lack of exercise on a daily basis.
According to her, consciousness of what to take as food and regular exercise should be taken seriously as determinants of better state of health.
She specifically said that a lot of children and women experience malnutrition for not taking fruits that are affordable for consumption.
The Commissioner who was represented by the Administrative Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs.Toyin Onisile, charged participants as the first estate of the realm to educate the public on the need to take a balanced diet and drink enough water.
She also stressed the importance of taking warm water early in the morning before breakfast.
“Skipping breakfast is not ideal. Statistics showed that breakfast is the most important aspect of nutrition or dieting.
“Nonchalant attitude contributes to poor health status and there is need to prioritize our health by taking nutritious food,” she noted.
Earlier in his goodwill message, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Economic Planning and and Budget and Chairman State Committee on Food and Nutrition, Mr. Bayo Phillip, said the workshop was timely considering the various nutritional challenges that are currently facing the state and the country at large.
Represented by the Deputy Director, Technical Assistant and Aids Coordination (TAAC) of the Ministry, Mr. Adewale Adeboyejo, he explained that the importance of adequate and proper nutrition in any society cannot be overemphasized.
Phillip appreciated the state government for being proactive on the issue of nutrition in the state as it approved six months paid maternity leave for pregnant mothers as well as two weeks paternity leave for men.
He pointed out that recent surveys showed that malnutrition in children results in underweight, stunting and wasting, while it makes adults prone to all forms of sickness and diseases.
He said the reason many children and adults are malnourished is because of lack of information.
Taking the participants through the technical session, the Resource Person, Mrs. Lucy Akinkuotu, said individuals suffer under nutrition if their diet does not provide adequate quantity and quality of food.
Another Resource Person, Mrs. Kehinde Ayanlowo, explained that fruits and vegetables constitute a very vital part of an adequate diet required by human beings to maintain the structure of tissues of the body, especially the growing child and women.