Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, has said that Nigerians do not need medicines if they eat right, stressing that eating right means making healthy food choices from safe, wholesome, and nutritious foods.
She urged Nigerians to always ensure that only safe, and wholesome food is consumed to boost immunity and improve the body’s natural defences in fighting diseases.
She gave the admonition in Abuja on Tuesday at the NAFDAC celebration of the 4th World Food Safety Day 2022 with the theme ‘Safer Food, Better Health’, where she opined that where food is unsafe, people’s nutritional goals cannot be achieved.
In a statement signed by Sayo Akintola, Resident Media Consultant to NAFDAC, Adeyeye was quoted as saying that safe food is an essential component of sustainable development and contributes towards improvement of public health, poverty reduction, and increased food security.
She noted that the theme for this year was very apt, as the world gradually returns to normal with the COVID-19 pandemic having lost its firm grip on the world.
Adeyeye pointed out that the theme also aligns with the World Health Assembly 75 theme, which is Health for Peace and Peace for Health, adding that safer food indeed takes the front and centre position for better health and relative personal and world peace.
“You all know my popular saying about not needing medicine if one eats right. Eating right means making healthy food choices from safe, wholesome, and nutritious foods,” she said.
She stressed that the occasion of World Food Safety Day is an added opportunity for us to create and generate awareness around food safety and situate it as a very significant issue of public health concern, especially in the light of safe, wholesome food being important for boosting immunity and improving the body’s natural defenses in fighting diseases.