A baby food producer has advised mothers to be particular about the choice of food for their babies during their weaning period.
Mrs Linda Onyah Maka, who produces Salfix Foods, said some babies reacted negatively to processed food, and, thefore, did not grow well when they fed on those foods.
“So let’s not put away the option of home-made cereals, but let’s consider them as one of the best choices when making decisions on the food choices for our children,” she said.
Mrs Maka said this when she donated Salbix Cerealmix, one of her products, to the nutrition rehabilitation centre of the Princess Marie Louise Children’s Hospital in Accra.
The centre, which caters for malnourished children, received 50 pieces of 1,200 kilogramme packs of salbix Cerealmix baby foods and breakfast cereals from Mrs Maka to support the feeding of children at the facility.
Mrs Linda Onyah Maka said the gesture was part of her response to the centre in the period of COVID-19. “Many health facilities are experiencing hard times as a result of the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We know that COVID-19 has had a huge impact on your facility, and this donation is to help you out,” she said.
Mrs Maka, who is also a social worker, said she had been most concerned about the wellbeing of children and the family as a whole, saying that was what drove her into starting the nutritious Salbix Cerealmix.
She appealed to benevolent individuals and corporate organisations to support the nutritional needs of rehabilitation centres, especially in these times.
The Assistant Administrator at the hospital, Mr Wisdom Acheampong, expressed gratitude to Mrs Maka for the support, saying “with this gesture you have solved a child’s whole problem.
“The timely help of individuals and companies like Salbix have always been of tremendous help to this health facility.” The Senior Nutrition Officer at the centre, Ms Bernice Okine, noted that the rehab centre fed the malnourished on a weekly basis. This, she said, had imposed a high demand on the facility for the supply of nutritious food items in addition to the relevant medications. “We, therefore, want to thank Mrs Maka for always coming to the aid of the rehab centre with her products,” she said.