The year 2020 has been eventful with the emergence of the novel corona virus disease! COVID -19 is a public health emergency of international concern. The emergence of the disease brought with it huge negative social and economic implications with its resultant effect on nutrition.
Prior to the emergence of the novel virus, March 2020, was the official world nutrition month! The World Dietitian Nutritionist day (WDND) was also celebrated in March. The Dietitians Association of Nigeria was not left out in the celebrations. Her theme for this year’s WDND was ‘Diet the best medicine’. This year’s celebration featured
- Media publicity on the role of a Dietitian-Nutritionist,
- Road walks for public sensitization,
- Food demonstrations, Medical outreaches, and nutrition education,
- Health talks and Nutrition counselling
The above activities were organized by different chapters of the professional body in the country (Federal Capital Territory, Cross River State, Abia State, Enugu State, Rivers State and Ebonyi).
Picture speaks of a few Chapter activities:
A major significant aspect of the WDND celebration was the robust involvement of Nutrition & Dietetics students (Catching them Young) from various universities e.g University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University of Calabar, University of Agriculture Umudike, etc. around the country.
Students of Departments of Human Nutrition & Dietetics, University of Calabar and Michael Okpara University, Umudike, Nigeria.
Other activities of DAN included a national conference with the theme ‘Revitalizing Dietetic Practice in Nigeria, challenges and prospects. A virtual conference is planned to take place later in the year.
As the corona virus ravages the world, the association was saddled with the responsibility of disseminating the right nutrition information to combat unfounded claims about ‘immune boosters’ and Covid -19. Please visit: https://www.jdan.org.ng/advice-on-nutrition-for-the-general-public-about-covid-19-dietitians-association-of-nigeria-dan
Keep Safe, wash your hands and Eat healthy
Ms Patricia Chima
Assistant Editor for DNAW
Dietitians Association of Nigeria