MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, July 27 (PIA) – Highlighting on the importance of giving proper care and nutrition among infants and children, the Department of Health (DOH) region 10 recently holds a “Nutri Children’s Fair” in Camiguin.
The event was highlighted with nutri-games, medical and dental services, deworming, as well as, breastfeeding/nutrition counseling participated by mothers and children from all barangays in Mambajao town.
“The government can do so much in providing the right intervention; make the most out of it, but keep in mind that good nutrition management always starts at home,” said DOH-10 Human Resource Management Officer Hyacinth Mae Taran.
This activity is part of the Nutrition month celebration and DOH high impact breakthrough dubbed “HI-5” which ensures the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which range from reducing infant mortality by 20%, reducing under-five mortality by 22%, reducing maternal mortality by 57%, reducing cases of HIV/AIDS by 40% and increasing the service delivery networks within the sector.
Mayor Maria Luisa D. Romualdo likewise appealed to mothers to maximize on the medical services that the government is providing, she said while everything is provided for free now, the only obligation to perform is to bring their children to the nearest health facilities.
Meanwhile, Mambajao has showed consistent decline in prevalence of under nutrition among pre-school children from 8.37 in 2012 to 7.59 in 2014, but like the rest of the country, it shows also slight increase in overweight from 1.15 to 1.28. (JCV/PIA10)