World AIDS Day: ED CRIN Calls for Healthy Dieting

World AIDS Day: ED CRIN Calls for Healthy Dieting

World AIDS Day: ED CRIN Calls for Healthy Dieting

The Executive Director (ED), Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), Dr. Patrick Adebola, has stated that healthy nutrition is necessary for building stronger immune system against infections and diseases. This he said as he joins the rest of the world to commemorate the day set aside, globally, to remember one of the most dreaded infectious diseases in history, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). This is a chronic stage of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), when the patient’s resistance to diseases has been broken by the virus, making such a fellow vulnerable to all manner of illnesses.

In a chat with CEOAFRICA’s correspondent, the ED CRIN advised that adequate and balanced diet is capable of enabling the body to fight most diseases that lead to death today. According to him, many Nigerians are yet to appreciate the importance of good food that comes from Agriculture. He noted that one of the reasons people still get to the chronic stage of the HIV, in addition to inconsistent medication, is lack of healthy diet.

“It is disheartening that many Nigerians do not appreciate our natural foods. Those natural nutrients they detest, in trying to appear civilized, are capable of boosting their immune system against many infectious diseases. While it is well-understood that some people with HIV, who get to the chronic stage, experience that because of their low attention to medication, some also face the situation on account of diet. The earlier we return to farm and appreciate our local foods the better for all of us,” he said. Natural foods have answers to many health questions in the world today as opined by Dr. Adebola.

Meanwhile, every December 1 is dedicated to celebrating World AIDS Day. The idea is to solidarise with people infected and affected by the virus, as the world seeks to end the menace of the virus soon.

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