Underweight preschool children get an egg a day

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Underweight preschool children get an egg a day

MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, July 30 (PIA) – The Provincial Nutrition Council (PNC) here supplies all underweight pre-school children (0-71 months) with one egg a day in hope to alleviate their nutritional status.

The local nutrition body came up with the plan to effect immediate intervention with the very least cost. Dubbed as “Hataw for a Cause” or H4C, the PNC led the healthy lifestyle exercise popularized by the Department of Health (DOH) every Friday, and called on provincial employees to support their cause by bringing eggs every session.

Provincial Nutrition Action Office (PNAO) Staff Shane Salcedo said they deliver the eggs weekly or every Monday to barangays with identified severely underweight children.

The barangay nutrition scholars (BNSs) prepare/cook the eggs before distribution and personally handle the feeding. Weighing of children is also done weekly and submitted to the PNAO every time the eggs are delivered.

Piloting first with some 68 children, the program will soon be expanded to cover this time, all pre-school children from the underweight category or more than 500 children from the 13,000 total population in the province.

Salcedo added that with the arrival of additional cows at the government maintained dairy farm, a glass of fresh milk will also be match to the daily egg provision.

To date, the PNC is also considering tying up with the local meat producers (Granel’s Meatshop) for their supplementary feeding program. (JCValcorza/PIA 10)

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