Protecting the Health with Food

Nutrition is an important aspect of health, especially in a hospital where many of the patients whose immune systems and disease resistance are weakened by their conditions and treatment. At our hospital the Naganuma Food Center provides meals for more than staff and patients using ingredients easily sourced from local markets. The meals are all nutritionally balanced and cheap, so that they can be recreated at home when patients are discharged. The meals that we provide to the patients are individually tailored based on allergies, religion and food preference. The food center cooperates with our nursing team to make sure that the diets synergise with each patient’s diagnosis.

Patients are continually nutritionally assessed to ensure that their growth is on track and that their diet is leading to healthy outcomes. The nutrition department and perinatal department work together to educate mothers on diet and nutrition to prevent such diseases as gestational diabetes that can lead to more severe complications. We supplement this information with regular infant examinations.

Another important aspect our nutrition team works on is promoting hygiene to protect the health of our patients and medical staff. The water we use had been tested by the Japanese Water and Sewage Bureau and is also checked every morning for chlorine levels to ensure it is safe to be used. We follow the rules of WASH and remind patients to clean their hands before every meal.