CSSI Dieticians Improve Inmates Menu and Food Suppliers

The Correctional Service Solomon Islands (CSSI) Dietetics & Nutrition Officer and Dietetics Counselling Officer improve inmates menu and local food suppliers.

Speaking during their recent presentation to CSSI Executives, Dietetics & Nutrition Officer Ms Stacy Kofela says, the standardised menu are formulated to tackle such issues and prevent food wastages, unbalanced meals and reduction of non-communicable disease (NCD) in Correctional Centres. The standardised menu specifies the exact amount of ingredients, equipment’s and preparation method needed.

Their  mandated objectives are to formulate weekly standardized menu for General and Special diet inmates, provide high quality of nutritional and appetizing meals that meets inmates’ nutritional and energy requirements, determine the amount of food items to order from suppliers as well as the amount to issue to inmates,conduct awareness on food specifications to suppliers, establish quality control on perishable goods received in order to minimize food wastage, decrease the number of NCD cases within Correctional Centres and prevent new cases of NCDs from occurring within Correctional Centres, says Kofela.

However, Dietetics Counselling Officer Ms Maria Bako also highlighted to the Executives the benefits of standardised menu for inmates, are constant quality, constant quantity & predictable yield, less errors in food orders, food cost & budget control, consistent nutritional content and time & scheduling efficiency.

The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison, choose healthy, eat wisely and live longer, says Bako.

Meanwhile CSSI Commissioner Mr Gabriel Manelusi accentuate that every inmates should be provided by the administration at the usual hours with food of nutritional value adequate for health and strength, of wholesome quality and well prepared and served. 

He commend the two Dieticians for the service of dietetics & nutrition food chain assessments and also in accordance to the United Nation Minimum Standard for Treatment of Prisoners and Mandela Rule 35.