NASPat 2nd national conference held
The National Association of Salt Producers and Traders (NASPat) on Saturday held its 2nd national conference at Child Fund hall in Bwiam, Foni Kansala.
The conference, which gathered members from all the regions in the country is aimed at discussing the means and ways of maximisng the production and consumption of iodised salt in the country.
The conference is supported by the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA), through United National International Child Education Fund (UNICEF).
Speaking at the conference, Malang Fofana, the acting deputy executive director of NaNA noted that the meeting is geared towards discussing the means and ways of maximising production and consumption of iodised salt in the country.
With regards to Universal Salt Iodisation (USI), among other issues, he said, they are still struggling as a nation with 22% of households consuming iodised salt.
Fofana stated that there is a need for concerted efforts from all sectors to reach the desired 90% household# consumption of iodised salt in the country.
The acting deputy executive director of NaNA said that the use of iodised salt helps a lot as it improves the health condition of people and creates employment in the areas of production and productivity.
As this is the second national conference, he therefore tasked everybody to work hard towards improving the use of iodised salt in the country.
Fofana informed the gathering that they have acquired two Iodisation machines for NASPat, which cosst over one million dalasis, while thanking their donors who funded the machines for the association. “Over the past three years, we have trained some securities for the inspections of those bringing salt without being iodised,” he revealed, stressing that they would not compromise with anyone found guilty of such things.
He urged them to promote the use of iodised salt in the country, as The Gambia government is greatly helping NASPat committee.
For his part, the director of health promotion and education, Modou Njai, who expressed delight, assured them of his support and collaboration with NaNA in the crusade. He thus urged all and sundry to join hands for the sustainability of the National Association of Salt Producers and Traders to help in the promotion of iodised salt.
Njai also talked about the long-standing relations between NaNA and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, particularly his directorate over the years. In the areas of Information, Education and Communication (IEC), he said, his directorate will be more willing to support any intervention, especially in message development and dissemination.
Abdoulie Gassama, the director of programmes at GRTS radio described NASPat as a very important committee, geared towards improving the health condition of the people. Highlighting the importance of salt in the human system, he urged people to start promoting the use of iodised salt in the country.
The president of NASPaT, Filijay Nyassi, who thanked the donors, noted that NaNA and UNICEF have committed enormous resources in the formation, training and sensitisation of its members, as well as law enforcement officers, whom he said, have also been sensitised and trained on salt regulation.