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Health staff in Upper East Region schooled on benefits of eggs

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The Ghana National Eggs Campaign Secretariat (GNECS) has organised a training workshop for health staff, particularly, nutrition officers in Upper East Region on the benefits of egg consumption.

According to the Secretariat, the training is to help educate nutrition officers in the region on the importance of eggs and along with their health benefits. The nutrition officers, in turn, are expected to sensitize the public to the benefits of same.

Speaking to the media in Bolgatanga; the Upper East Regional capital, Mrs. Comfort Kyerewaa Acheampong, the National Coordinator of the Ghana National Eggs Campaign Secretariat said, the Secretariat found it necessary to collaborate with the Ghana Health Service (GHS), especially the nutrition department, in order to educate the public on the importance of eating eggs.

It is also to help dispel the myths surrounding the consumption of eggs among some people in the country.

“This Particular training is specifically for nutrition officers of the Ghana health service. We are using the Ghana health service nutrition officers because they are combining health and food so whatever comes from them goes to both mother and child, and the entire family.”

“We know that eggs have a lot of myths throughout the world. Every country, every community has its own myth and everybody is trying to break these myths or to help people overcome them because they have seen that, the egg is an essential food and we want everybody to enjoy it.”

“It is simple and cheap. If you cannot afford fish or meat, the egg is there and it is very cheap and can digest very easily for the benefit of your health.”

Mrs. Acheampong continued to say that “these health workers, these nutrition officers of the Ghana Health Service have a large number of people they extend to that is why we are doing this training. These people are going to be trainers of trainers. They will go back to their districts and they will work with their colleagues and they will also take it to the hospitals and to the people.”

Mrs. Acheampong also called on Ghanaians to eat eggs with any local food, because eggs can be eaten with all kinds of food without any health consequences.

On his part, Kwabena Adade Kusi, Public Health Practitioner with GNECS also used the opportunity to admonish the public to take the consumption of eggs seriously.

Some of the nutrition officers who took part in the training told A1NEWS that, the training was helpful to them as their job is to educate people, especially pregnant women and children, on the need for a balanced diet.

Source:A1Radioonline.Com|10.1MHZ|David Azure| Bolgatanga|Ghana

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