The Lagos State Chapter, Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN) has told Nigerians to boost their immunity, they would need to eat more fruits and vegetables in their diets.
The Chairperson of the society, Dr Abimbola Ajayi said this at the World Breastfeeding Week and inauguration of the Lagos State chapter on Friday.
Ajayi revealed that the virus attacks the immune system, which defends the human body from virus attacks.
She said: “Since there is no known cure presently for the disease, the goal of nutrition care therefore, is to protect and boost the immunity among other care provided for affected persons.
“People must ensure that they take foods that are high antioxidants, majorly foods rich in vitamins and minerals in their daily meals.
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“Take yellow fruits, red fruits and vegetables to boost immunity and fight Ebola Virus in the country,’’ she said.
The National President of the Society, Prof. Ngozi Nnam was also at the event and said: “We need the support of governments, relations, families and the community to promote exclusive breast feeding to achieve high breastfeeding rate.
“Breast milk is the ideal food for newborns and infants and we need to raise awareness on the importance of right nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life.’
According to the latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), 1,350 people are now believed to have died from the Ebola virus, which has been raging in the region since March.
The WHO said it was concerned that families were hiding infected loved ones in the belief they will be more comfortable dying at home.