Ghanaians urged to eat more eggs

eggProfessor Agyeman Badu-Akosa, former Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), last Thursday asked Ghanaians to eat more eggs on a daily basis to ensure good healthy living.

He said egg was a total balanced diet that children, adults and the elderly needed to eat throughout the year.

With a population of 27 million, as Ghanaians we should consume 27 million eggs a day to improve our health and keep us away from the doctor, he said.

 

Prof. Akosa was speaking at a reception  organised by AMPLIFIES Ghana, an non-government organisation, to sensitise   editors  to the importance of egg consumption and its health benefit.

It formed part of activities to mark this year’s World Egg Day, which was celebrated in Accra last Friday.

The former GHS Director-General said there was no evidence both scientifically and medically to prove that egg  was responsible for cholesterol, stroke and cardiovascular diseases among adults  and therefore could not be consumed by pregnant  women.

 

He attributed malnourishment and stunted growth among children and other childhood illnesses to the inability of their parents to add eggs to their feeding.

Professor  Badu-Akosa  said it was unfortunate that  Ghanaians consumed an average of 20 eggs per year, while the per capital consumption of eggs in the United States and China was 300 respectively, Mexico 324  and South Africa about 45 eggs per annum among others.

He urged the Ghana National Association of Poultry farmers (GNAPF) to encourage the consumption of eggs among Ghanaians by setting the retail price of cooked egg from GH¢1.00 to 40 pesewas to make it more affordable.

Prof.  Badu-Akosa said it was most unfortunate that some boiled eggs sellers did not eat eggs because of economic consideration.

The Deputy Chief of Party of AMPLIFIES Ghana, Mr. John Adomako Asabere, announced that his organisation was spearheading a four-year project, aimed at overhauling the once buoyant poultry industry.

He said the one million Ghanaian farmers mostly in the Northern sector would be encouraged to grow soyabeans for the production of poultry feed for layers to produce healthy dietary eggs for local consumption.

Mr. Asabere said AMPLIFIES Ghana would support Ghanaians to eat more eggs and to address the problem of protein deficiency among children, saying research had revealed that 22 per cent of malnourished children were in the Northern sector of the country.

The technical specialist to the project, Ms. Comfort Kyerewa Acheampong, said eating one egg a day provided the basic balanced diet that one needed for good health far more than  eating a ball of Kenkey and fish.

As part of the World Egg Day celebration, AMPLIFIES Ghana had made a donation of eggs to the La General Hospital and some selected schools in Accra.

 

By Norman Cooper

 

 

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