On Monday, the 24th of January 2022 the Honourable Minister of State for Health – Senator Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora; was decorated as policy champion for the #TransfatFreeNigeria campaign led by NHED’s coalition for the elimination of Partially Hydrogenated Oils from food supply – for his commitment to development, public health causes, and social development.
In his speech, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunmimbe Mamora, added that TFAs have been linked to an increase in the risk of non-communicable diseases.
“Trans fat has been linked to an increase in the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancers, and death. According to the new estimates by the World Health Organization, over 250,000 people died yearly resulting from complications associated with the consumption of foods high in trans fats. This has led to the call for the global elimination of industrially-produced trans-fat by 2023,” he said. ~ Punch Nigeria
The coalition appreciated his role in getting the regulations moved from NAFDAC to the Ministry of Health for onward movement to the Ministry of Justice. Also commendable was the Minister’s legislative performance in social health, which dates back to the stellar role he played in tobacco control while he was a member of the Senate.
Present at the event, the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Health; the Directors and Heads of various departments of Federal Ministry of Health; Country Director and Project Technical Adviser of NHED; In-Country Coordinator Cardiovascular Health Programme, Global Health Advocacy Incubator; Representatives of Corporate Accountability Public Participation Africa; the Nutrition Policy Advisor Resolve to Save Lives, Nigeria, RTSL; CEO AveHealthSense; Representative of CS-SUNN and media houses.