Nutrition Society of Nigeria, (NSN), Anambra state chapter has been inaugurated by the Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala .
The inauguration ceremony which took place at the Ministry’s conference hall, Awka, Monday, had as its theme : “Nutrition, Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Coverage in times of COVID-19 pandemic.”
Speaking during the event, the Commissioner noted that Anambra state has a lot of nutrition experts and the presence of the society will nourish and bring out the best in them for the interest of the state.
In his words, “we have a lot of nutrition experts in the state and nutrition is one of the key indices that we measure in health. Having a body like this will help us to achieve some of the milestones that we have been struggling within the state.”
Dr Okpala assured the newly inaugurated state chapter that the State government through his ministry will collaborate with them to end malnutrition in the state. He further advised them to ensure maximum commitment in the discharge of their duties.
Also speaking, the National President (NSN), Nigeria, Dr Bartholomew Brai urged the new team to work within the ambit of the constitution of the association and to carry all members along during their service.
He commended the state government for creating an enabling environment for the association and for assuring them of fruitful collaboration and support.
The National Secretary of the association, Mr Chiaka Nkwoala, who performed the inauguration on behalf of the president, tasked the staﬀ to be steadfast and committed to their duties.
Chairman, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Anambra State Chapter, Dr Justina Okoli said that the current prevailing health challenges occasioned by Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), ignorance, poverty, poor feeding and a lack of basic healthcare compelled the nutrition experts coming together in the state for solutions.
She disclosed that eﬀorts were made in the past to form the organization but without success and that present NSN Anambra chapter was initiated in February 2020.