Koko Plus Foundation, manufacturers of popular food supplements, on Thursday donated boxes of its products to children at the Kumasi Children’s Home.
Speaking succinctly after presenting the items, Country Director for the Foundation, Yusuke Takahashi said the gesture was to help correct any malnutrition in the children at the home.
The Koko Plus supplement, he reiterated, contained vitamins and minerals that enhance good growth and vitality among children.
“Infants who are fed with Koko Plus alongside normal breast milk are very healthy and functional at all times since they possess the nutrients necessary for proper development’’, he disclosed.
DIRECTOR OF NUTRITION-GHS:
Speaking to the media, Ashanti Regional Nutrition Director at the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Madam Olivia Tempo applauded the gesture by Koko Plus Foundation.
She noted that the GHS was dealing with major cases of stunted growth in children across the Ashanti Region with some 420 cases recorded annually.
The Director, therefore, stressed that any effort or measure taken to halt such development, especially in infants and children was welcome.
‘’Even though we recommend exclusive breastfeeding for infants in the country, any additional food must be in the shape of what Koko Plus offers since it has every nutrient or supplement that enhances proper human growth’’, Madam Tempo stated.
Expressing appreciation to the Koko Plus Foundation, Madam Mabel Boamah, Home Manager at Kumasi Children’s Home said the gesture was timely.
She noted that kids brought to the home are screened and those with any deformity or irregular growth are treated specially.
Currently, the Home Manager disclosed that 94 children are in her outfit with 45 being girls and the rest boys.
‘’With the availability of the Koko Plus food supplements at Home, each child will have a sachet to put into his or her food so as to enhance proper growth’’, Madam Boamah noted.
STORY BY MICHAEL OFOSU-AFRIYIE, KUMASI.