Provincial Nutritionist and Dietician Telesfora G. Madelo emphasized the importance of addressing malnutrition among children especially during their formative years that is from 0 to 5 years old.
These kids were listed under the severely underweight children in the province.
For 120 feeding days they will be given food packs to serve as afternoon snack that comes in various flavor like champorado (chocolate porridge) and monggo.
The program is a regular project of the provincial government in efforts to curb malnutrition rate.
Other underweight children in the province enrolled in the government’s day care program were likewise covered by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) feeding program, while the government is also regularly providing for the micronutrient supplementation, Vitamin A, iron and deworming needs of the children.
To date, the malnutrition rate in the island manifests a decreasing trend over the years. In 2012 it drops to 7.14 percent from the previous year’s recorded rate of 7.33 percent. (PIA)