The dietetics department was established in 1975 under the leadership of Mrs G.O Wusu who was the very first trained dietitian in Nigeria. The Department hosted the 21st Annual national scientific conference of NDA (Nigerian Dietetics Association) in August 1991 and 31st Annual national scientific conference of the Nigerian Dietetics Association (NDA) in August 2005.
Mrs. R.A. Fakunle (RD, RN, Msc. Nutrition & Dietetics) is a Deputy Director and the current Head of Dietetics Department. The department comprises of various cadres of Officers including Chief Dietitians, Assistant Chief Dietitians, Principal Dietitians, Senior Dietitians, Dietitians, Dietitian Assistant, Catering Officers, Interns and Dietetics Aids.
- Planning, Calculating and transcribing of therapeutic diet into food according to prescription.
- Counseling of in and out patients on their diets.
- Supervision and preparation of diets
- Participating in enlightenment programme on healthy living through nutrition via the media houses (radio,television,etc), taking nutrition education to less priviledged people in villages and local government area.
- Training of Dietetics internees, student on industrial training and youth corpers.
- Lecturing of students in higher institution in Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Training of Residents from West African College of Pharmacists (WAPCP)
The department oversees to the diet which is a key regimen in managing patients both In-Patients and Out-Patients with various diseases in adult and children. The Diet/Catering Aids are closely monitored and guided in the preparation of meals (therapeutic and normal diets).
Our services includes consultation and counseling to in and out-patients in all departments viz: Paediatrics, Radiation oncology, Geriatric, Burns, Surgery, Obstetrics &Gynaecology to mention few.
The department participated in World Heart day (2012) – Theme: One world, one home, one heart. Lecture titled “Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease amongst Women and Children was delivered by Consultant Cardiologist and Paediatrics to stakeholders.
Word Breastfeeding week (2011&2012) were celebrated with food demonstration to nursing mothers at the Institute of Child Health, College of Medicine and Kola Daisi Health Centre (UCH annex) respectively. The department also is committed to celebrating Annual World Food Day. Active participation commenced in year 2011 to date. Listed below are themes for the ones celebrated in the past:
- 2011 – Food prices: From Prices to Stability
- 2012 – Agricultural Cooperatives: Key to feeding the World
- 2013 – Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition
- 2014 – Family Farmers: Feeding the Worlds, Caring for the Earth
- 2015 – Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of rural Poverty
Weekly seminar is an in- house seminar which holds on Wednesdays for updating knowledge and standards for better performance. Researches has been and are currently being carried out in different units on nutritionally related disease conditions in order to improve on dietary skills and interventions. Occasionally, seminars are organized for other health care professionals on the nutritional benefit of diets to patients in the hospital.
Quarterly Seminars with nutritional related topics are always presented to the public with the objective of educating and creating awareness to the public on issues pertaining to their health and life style.Some of the quarterly seminars presented are:
Severe Acute Malnutrition and Urgent Interventions among Children Under 5
Mrs. R.A. fakunle, the Head of Department gave the opening address. She spoke on malnutrition and the need for urgent approaches to improving nutrition in children read more........
- Medical out patients
- Children out patients
- Administrative Unit
- Intern lecture room
- Marketing Unit
- Dietetic Kitchen