The Aga Khan University Hospital bags top Nestlé Nutrition trophy

To Press Releases listMay 29, 2015

The Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi was on Friday last week crowned the 2015 winner of the Annual Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa Nurses’ Quiz.

The Aga Khan hospital’s nurses beat other contestants drawn from Nairobi Hospital, Nairobi Women’s Hospital, Gertrude Childrens’ Home, Kenyatta National Hospital, Pumwani Hospital, Jamaa Home and Maternity Hospital and Mater hospitals to win the coveted trophy.

The 2015 Annual Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa Nurses’ Quiz was held at the New Stanley Hotel today as a way of marking this year’s International Nurses’ Day. The International Nurses’ Day is celebrated globally on the 12th of May, during the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, to mark the contributions nurses make to society.

 

“We are humbled to have won the Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa trophy. We thank Nestlé for organizing this forum and recognizing the role nurses play in this sector,” said Esther Gimoi, Clinical Practice Educator, Pediatric and Neonatal Units at Aga Khan Hospital when she accepted the award on behalf of her institution.

The contest is aimed at refreshing the nurses’ knowledge (in a fun and exciting way) and also to emphasize and celebrate the key role nurses play in the society.

“The Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa provides a good platform for nurses to build their skills, learn from their peers and also keep themselves informed of the latest research and developments in the field of nutrition,” said Professor Fredrick Were, Dean Faculty of Medicine at The University of Nairobi who is also a member of the Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa board.

 

According Mr. Chandan Ghosh, Country Business Manager, Nestlé Nutrition at Nestlé Equatorial Africa, Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa is committed to the professional development of all health practitioners in Kenya and Africa as whole.

“Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa is a multidisciplinary, educational organization dedicated to furthering the science of nutrition for people of all ages on the African continent. By sharing science-based information and education, the Institute fosters “Science for Better Nutrition” to contribute to the enhancement of the quality of people’s lives all over the world,” said Mr. Ghosh.

This year’s theme of the Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa Quiz was “Nurses: A Force for Change: Care Effective, Cost Effective” and questions asked ranged from breastfeeding, general nutrition and pediatric nutrition, some of the core fields that the nurses have an essential role in delivering health care across the communities.

Apart from the Annual Nurses’ Quiz Contest, Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa carries other activities pivotal to Kenya’s medical sector including offering scholarships for health care professionals, scientific workshops and carrying out continuous professional development for health practitioners among others.

“Nestlé is committed to advancing the science of nutrition so that we can contribute to the well-being of society by having a positive impact on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 which relate to infant and maternal mortality,” said Ciru Miring’u, Managing Director, Nestlé Kenya.

 

This is the first time Nestlé is hosting such an event in Kenya and the aim is to hold it annually to mark International Nurses’ Day.

“As a person who worked in the pharmaceutical industry for close to 19 years for a company that manufactured antibiotics, vaccines and analgesics before I joined Nestle last year, I’m acutely aware of the significant role that nurses play in patient care and that is why we are planning to give emphasis to this day,” Ms. Miring’u said.