Mater Dei has announced that it will not be permitting “non-nutritional” food and sugary drinks in a new hospital strategy meant to send a healthy message to everyone that enters their hallowed doors. Any food items that fall under those categories will no longer be served in Malta’s largest health centre – be it for patients, workers or visitors.
The idea is to not have any more non-nutritional and sugary food items served inside the hospital by next year. Eateries have until the 1st of June, 2019 to get rid of the products, and the government will be issuing new tenders for the shops, eateries and vending machines inside Mater Dei.
And what are the banned products exactly?
Say goodbye to pastizzi and qassatat, as well as any processed foods. Donuts, soft drinks, chocolate, and sweets are all getting the axe as well.
In a country where obesity has long been a national issue, health initiatives like this are a step in the right direction. Let’s just hope when June 2019 comes around the country doesn’t see a rise of people flakily smuggling in tlieta tal-piżelli to their in-patient family members.