Dietitian - Nutritionists in Nigeria like their counterparts in other parts of the world are important members of the health team, crucial for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A United Association of Registered Dietitian-Nutritionists in Nigeria
A united and formidable association of dietitian-nutritionists in Nigeria whose members will span in hundreds will surely make great impact in reducing morbidity and mortality rates especially in under-fives facing security challenges as internally displaced persons and undaunted malnutrition currently afflicting millions of Nigerians. The increasing number of unqualified persons practicing nutrition has become alarming and has necessitated a united front of qualified and trained dietetic professionals taking the center stage in ensuring proper practice of nutrition and dietetics in the country.
The journey of unification for dietitians in Nigeria started in 2017 with the sole aim of uniting professionals and ensuring evidence based practice of nutrition and dietetics and international best practices. A ten-man interim executive council of a unified Association of Nigeria Dietitians led by Prof. Elizabeth Kanayo Ngwu with the country ICDA representative Dr. Chika Ndiokwelu as ex officio member of the Council was set up in 2017 to facilitate a Bill for an act to regulate the Practice of Dietetics in Nigeria. So far, a joint conference was held at Abuja, in Nov 2017 while a second joint conference will be held in Enugu, Enugu state, Nigeria, from 4th
: Sponsor of the Dietitians Council of Nigeria bill –Hon. Odebunmi Olusegun Dokun, Chairman, House Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values and the National President, Prof. E.k.Ngwu in caps with some members of the interim executive council of the united dietitian’s body at the first joint conference held at Abuja, Nigeria in 2017.
A Cross section of some of the members of the interim
Dietitians’ executive council at the public hearing of the Dietitians
Council of Nigeria bill at the National House of Assembly.
Dtn. Emmanuel Ogbuigwe RDN, M.Sc
Chief Dietitian, Delta State Teaching Hospital, Oghara
National Secretary, Dietitians Association of Nigeria
Dtn. Pat Chima RDN, M.Sc
Assistant Chief Dietitian,Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos.
Dtn. Chika Ndiokwelu RDN, PhD, DFDAN,