The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) set up a Technical Working Group, TWG, to eliminate or drastically reduce trans fatty acids in food supply chains in order to improve the cardiovascular health of Nigerians. The establishment of the TWG goes hand in hand with the call of the WHO at the 2018 World Health Assembly in Geneva, for countries to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids (TFAs) from the global food supply. Trans fatty acids are a major culprit in the causation of many of the heart-related deaths. For example sudden death syndrome, which had taken a serious toll on Nigerians.
The inauguration of the TWG was attended by many relevant stakeholders, such as the Federal Ministry of Health, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, the Nigerian Heart Foundation, the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, the Standard Organizations of Nigeria, the Consumer Protection Council, the Scaling-Up Nutrition Business Network, the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology, the National Council of Women Society and the Association of Health Journalists.
The multi-stakeholders TWG is expected to stand until Nigeria begins to reverse the losses due to Ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular accidents, and sudden deaths, traceable to trans fatty acids.