Today January 23, 2022

GNECS campaigns for egg consumption for essential healthy growth

Akuapem-Mamfe,-Madam Comfort Kyerewa Acheampong, Coordinator of the Ghana National Egg Campaign Secretariat (GNECS), has reiterated that the nutritional value of an egg is very essential for the healthy growth and development of the human body.

She has therefore advised Ghanaians to add eggs as part of the protein in the preparation of household meals especially for children and urged the public to consume eggs daily for balanced nutritional diets for healthy development.

The GNECS Coordinator made the call during this year’s celebration “Obaapa Women and Children’s Day”, organized by the Obaapa Development Foundation, as part of the annual Ohum festival of the chiefs and people of Akuapem Mamfe on the theme, “Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and Teenage Pregnancy Must Stop: Creating Safe Spaces for our Adolescent Girls”.

She dispelled rumours and myths surrounding the consumption of eggs adding that, eggs could be added to every meal or be used to prepare varieties of foods high in nutrition for good health and growth.

Madam Nagamsi Nuhu, a registered Dietician of the Ghana Dietetics Association dismissed the myth which suggests that the consumption of eggs was associated with obesity, “the consumption of egg has nothing to do with obesity and there is no limitation in the intake of eggs” she stressed.

She explained that studies showed that eggs are very good to the health of children and emphasized the need for parents to add eggs to their meals since it contribute to building good eyesight and brain functions.

Osabarima Ansah Sasraku Mamfehene and Kyidomhene of Akuapem Traditional Area, called on parents to live up to their responsibility of taking good care of their children by inculcating good moral values as well as education.

Dr Agnes Kayitankore, Deputy UNDP representative to Ghana on her part, indicated that the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA) mission was ensuring that, “every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled”.

She acknowledged that the Obaapa Women and Children’s Day was one of the many important conversations needed to name and shame protestors of Sexual and Gender-based violence (SGBV) which has rightly been declared a global “shadow pandemic” by the UN in 2020 after the heightened increase of SGBV cases during the covid 19 pandemic.

As part of the day’s activities, a cooking competition was organised among some cooking groups and shared boiled eggs to all participants and guests at the event.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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