Ghanaians, most especially those from the northern part have been advised to bury the misconceptions and miscommunication towards consumption of eggs because they are of vibrant nutritional value, that contribute very well to the growth, development and healthy human system.
Comfort Kyerewaa Acheampong, the campaign coordinator for the Ghana National Egg Campaign
Secretariat (GNECS) said research findings revealed that people from the northern part of Ghana do not consume much eggs because they believe a higher consumption of eggs will lead to children growing to become thieves. Another sad revelation is that children and adults will have their teeth rotten when they consume eggs.
In the southern part of Ghana, the research findings revealed that pregnant women and lactating mothers do not consume much eggs because they believe it makes babies in the womb grow bigger and lactating mothers turn to have their children suffering diarrhoea.
In the biggest cities of Ghana, the findings revealed that people abhor consuming more eggs due to the fear of being infected with certain illnesses.
Comfort Kyerewaa Acheampong said all these believes are mere misconceptions and urged Ghanaians to consume more eggs due to their nutritional benefits.
Comfort Acheampong revealed this at Damongo in the Savannah region, when the the Ghana National Egg Secretariat took the national campaign training of nutrition officers and other stakeholders to the area on Thursday, October 27, 2022.
The visit to the region according to her is to help train all nutrition officers in the seven (7) municipal and district assemblies and also engage farmers, traders, suppliers, input dealers and other stakeholders.
Eggs contain nutrients that are essential for human health. They promote the healthy needs of eyes, blood, muscles, bones, heart, brain, stomach, among others.
The campaign seeks to empower nutrition officers in the regions and districts with information on the importance of eggs. According to her, the association wants everyone to know that egg is super food and there is the need to overcome the myths surrounding eggs consumption. Egg is very important to us all with good dietary component.
Comfort Acheampong further explained that the district nutrition officers have been added to the training and sensitization campaign to assist in selling the good messages about eggs to all citizens of Ghana.
For instance, an egg contains 6grams protein, compare it’s price to 6grams of beef, chicken or any other protein component. Eggs can be used in all dishes, eggs can be eaten by everybody including children above six (6) months and adults above 70 years, eggs can be added to our local food supplements to provide good balance, she emphasized.
Some of the suppliers, farmers and traders at the training who spoke to PAD FM 95.1mhz on the sidelines of the program expressed gratitude to the secretariat and partners for embarking on such a clean initiative and appealed to Ghanaians to accept the call to take-in more eggs to promote healthy living.
They also promised to carry the messages across to work places, homes and to the market centers to make sure more Ghanaians embrace consumption of eggs.
Mr Brian Kamara, the Savannah regional nutrition officer expressed gratitude to GNECS for the initiative and called on the public to eat more eggs because eggs have good nutritional benefits that are very important for every individual especially children. He assured that all the district nutrition officers will gladly intensify the campaign across the region to help more intake of eggs.
Eggs must be consumed by both the rich and poor because it is less costly to acquire.
Participants were given aprons to assist them look beautiful, clean and uniform in their day to day operations.