Don harps on good nutrition for healthy living
Keshinro of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta was the Guest Speaker at Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, in the 3rd Annual Scientific Workshop organised by Institute for Dietetics in Nigeria (IDN), Ondo/Ekiti States Chapter with the theme: ‘Nutritional Management of Pre-Surgical and Post-surgical Patients.’
The university don said it was the prevalent issue of malnutrition on patients, particularly on surgical ones that prompted the theme emphasizing that nutrients were lost during surgical operation that needed to be replenished by good eating.
According to him, 70 percent of good food is medicine, adding that medicine could not work efficiently without taking good food and eating right.
He recommended that people should eat moderately, urging media houses to inform and educate people on balanced diet, which she affirmed did not mean spending much money on food but eating right food always.
The Acting Rector of the polytechnic, Engineer Idowu Ologunagba, said the time had come to inculcate good eating habit, stating that attention should be paid to good eating.
Ologunagba noted that the institution would continue to encourage the hosting of seminars, workshop and other academic activities as a means of shoring up the institution’s academic image.
The rector remarked that the professional analysis on nutrition must be adhered to strictly for better and healthy living.
Also speaking, Mrs Remilekun Akinrinmade, the chairperson of IDN, Ondo/Ekiti States chapter, said that the programme was to cross-fertilize ideas on how to prevent morbidity and mortality rate among operational patients.
Akinrinmade noted that the association’s responsibility was to update its members with recent developments in the profession, so as to improve the quality of life of the people meant to serve.
She stressed that this would go a long way towards enhancing knowledge and practice of nutrition in various institutions and organisations.
The Chairman of the occasion, Dr Dapo Iwala, noted that it was time for people to change their mindset by eating well. He added that ‘under nutrition is becoming more and more common in patients admitted for surgery,’ saying It is generally believed to be 60 percent in the sub-Saharan Africa.
He stated that patients needed to be well nourished before surgical procedures to ease recovery and reduce complications that often led to re-admission and even death.
According to Iwala, world population is growing at a highly progressive rate while food production is at an exponential rate, urging that all hands must be on deck to prevent under nutrition and malnutrition which had great health consequences.
The Head if Department, Nutrition and Dietetics, Mr Mustapha R.A, said “the course as a profession and an arm of medicine is involving and fast gaining ground in the world as a sure avenue for preventive form of disease.”