Experts encourage good nutrition during COVID-19

Experts encourage good nutrition during COVID-19

Social Worker and Director of the Secretariat of the Nutrition and Food Security Alliance of Namibia (NAFSAN), Ben Schernick said good nutrition and a balanced diet are possible when there is food security, which is the availability of food, a necessity during this period.
Schernick said NAFSAN's role is to assist the government to put measures and institutions in place to ensure that the country has food security and that the nation eats well and healthy.
"Being healthy prevents unnecessary diseases, which reduces the burden on the health sector," he said.
He called on the nation to share more and care more, especially during this time of the pandemic.
Nutritionist and senior lecturer at the University of Namibia (UNAM), Charlotte Keyter encouraged good nutrition for a healthy body and strong immunity to deal with COVID-19.
Keyter said food security is not only the availability of food in the country but also access to food.
She also called on mothers to breastfeed their babies for a period of six months, emphasising that the virus is not transmitted through breastfeeding.
She encouraged online shopping to be a safer process to avoid the spread of the virus and to make sure people wash their food.
They said this today at the COVID-19 Communication Centre during a panel discussion on nutrition and food security during COVID-19.