Ministry Wants Better Food in Hospitals Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 25 August 2011 00:00

Participants of the woekshopThe Ministry of Health is holding a dietetics workshop for Dietary Supervisors, Food Service Supervisors, Head Cooks, and Administrators from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and the Southern, Central, Western and Northern Health regions. The workshop is entitled “Strengthening of Belize Dietetics System”.

Dietetics is the science of managing food and nutrition to promote a healthy lifestyle. Robyn Daly, Nutritionist in the Ministry of Health, explained that hospital dietetic services are crucial to effective patient recovery. Belizeans who have spent an extended time in the hospitals across the country know very well how predictable the food menu is. Each hospital has its own set of meals that it serves weekly. According to Daly, the Ministry is developing a national standardized menu, including details regarding meal plans, recipes, portion size, temperature control and sanitation. The dietetic system will ensure that all meals provided to patients are wholesome and nutritionally balanced to meet every patient’s metabolic needs during the hospitalization period.

Daly said that the process to improve the dietetics system includes the acquisition of better equipment and improvement of hospital kitchens. There will also be more training of staff and information sharing between public hospitals. There will be more workshops and it will take some time for the acquisition of better equipment. However, Belizeans can already start expecting better food in hospitals since the workshop participants are eager to put what they have learnt to use. One discussion at the workshop was about creative meal combinations. Therefore, there will be some very creative and nutritionally balanced meals at the hospitals in the near future.

Darla Richards of the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute is leading the workshop. She encouraged the participants to stay away from boring menus and introduce a different meal sometimes. She said that the meals should teach patients what it means to eat healthy.

The Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin and the Ministry of Health continue to strive for improved quality of care to make a vital difference in the life of every Belizean.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 August 2011 13:13