Technical Senior Secondary School, a philanthropic-minded institution located
in Banjulinding, West Coast Region, recently donated jars of multi-vitamins to
pregnant and lactating women.
The venue of this activity was the Banjulinding Health Centre in Kombo North District of the West Coast Region.
According to the proprietor and principal of the school, Mr. William Adetona, part of the school’s objectives is to intervene in various sectors to complement government’s efforts.
The fact that the school is an affiliate of Foundation for Rural Education, Wildlife and Environment, a local charitable organisation, also enhances its initiative to inculcate the spirit of charity and philanthropy in the minds of the students.
In view of this, he stated that students of the institution have received training in various aspects of human endeavour, including the recently concluded Vitamin A Supplements and Deworming Administration training conducted by Vitamin Angels.
He believes that the essence was to nurture students who would be able to gain both academic and social intelligence which serves as prerequisites to becoming complete and responsible individuals who would be able to contribute meaningfully to their society and the nation at large.
The Nursing Officer in charge of the Health Centre, Mrs. Elizabeth Sambou and other nursing staff, educated the beneficiaries comprising lactating and pregnant women on the increased need for vitamins and minerals throughout pregnancy and while lactating.
“Providing supplemental nutrition in the form of a daily multivitamin is an excellent way to meet this increased need. Ensuring adequate nutrition improves the pregnancy outcome and enhances breast milk.”
The earlier a woman begins taking a multivitamin, the greater the impact the vitamins and minerals may have on her health and the health of her child.
The women were further educated on the benefits of taking multivitamins which include reducing anemia, night blindness and other symptoms caused by vitamin and mineral deficiencies; supporting a healthy immune system; improving birth weight, decreasing the number of small-for-gestational-age (SGA) newborn infants, and decreasing the rate of stillbirth.
It also promotes physical and cognitive development in children.
The distribution activity was conducted by eighteen students of the school who already have Certificates of Competency after rigorous training by Vitamin Angels, a United States-based international NGO.
A total of 360 jars of multivitamins were distributed by these students with each jar containing 180 tablets. Each tablet is to be taken on a daily basis by a beneficiary for a period of six months.