||General News of
Monday, 31 May 2004
Eating nutritious food could reduce the spread of
Ho, May 31, GNA - The Minister of
Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Major Courage Quashigah has asserted that
well packaged, good and nutritious foods, readily available and
affordable to the citizenry was one of the most practicable ways of
dealing effectively with the scourge of HIV/AIDS.
He emphasised the point when he inaugurated a 17-member Volta Regional
Agricultural Advisory Committee (VORAAC) at Ho on Friday to among
others issues advise the Volta Regional Co-ordinating Council (VRCC) on
ways to develop the region's agriculture.
Major Quashigah, expressed the hope that the Committee would seriously
examine the correlation between the state of one's nutrition status and
the body's immune system.
He advised the Committee to identify the region's organic crops and
work at improved production in terms of quality, quantity, packaging
and value in addition to meeting the nutritional needs of the populace
and improvement on their incomes.
Major Quashigah contended that people who were HIV positive but
possessed the means to procure good nutrition had been able to live
normal lives to the full and contribute their quota to national
development because their immune systems had been boosted by what they
He said the frightening statistics about HIV in Ghana needed to be more
seriously considered and examined through research.
Major Quashigah said though his views might be at variance with the
established thinking about how to tackle the disease, the fact remained
that the state of one's immune system was diet and nutrition related.