MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, August 25 (PIA) – The provincial leadership here issued a strong policy pronouncement to reduce malnutrition rate to three percent among under-five children (0-71 months) in 2016.
Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo uttered the commitment during the recent conduct of the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) on nutrition, in which the province, including two towns and five barangays we’re subjected to the evaluation conducted by the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET).
Camiguin reported an improved nutritional status of underweight and severely underweight children, based on the Operation Timbang (OPT) or weighting result, the province noted a 7.15 percent malnutrition rate in 2012 to only 5.88 percent in 2014.
Romualdo noted that it would had been easier to target lower than three percent, if the data does not include the other side face of malnutrition, which is obesity.
When it comes to over nutrition, Camiguin reflected a 1.03 percent rate, ranking 4th in the region. Lanao del Norte with 1.80 percent, Misamis Occidental with 1.59percent, Misamis Oriental with 1.11percent and Bukidnon with .54 percent.
The rates are all increasing except for the province as it reflected .03percent decrease from 2013.
To achieve its target, the provincial and municipal LGUs have been initiating various program in support to nutrition from learning sessions to feeding, and livelihood assistance to priority families with identified malnourished children. (JCV/PIA10)
MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, August 25 (PIA) – Challenged to perform and improve the lives of its constituents, the local executive in Camiguin is batting on ways to curb under and over nutrition rates.
Over and above the existing livelihood and food production assistance, the provincial government here is eyeing to train younger barangay nutrition scholars (BNSs).
Provincial Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo sounded the call last month following the recent conduct of the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) on nutrition for Camiguin.
He said it is best to start scouting and train now as most of the health workers are mostly on their 50s.
Romualdo said that while efforts are being put in place, especially in the 120 days feeding program, parents should realize that the health of their children heavily rests on their hands.
The provincial nutrition committee (PNC) just started the “Egg a Day” daily feeding program to identified severely underweight 0-71 months children province wide, and will soon be expanded to cover the underweight brackets with an additional fresh cow’s milk glass.
The municipal and barangay nutrition councils are likewise strengthening their support to the nutrition program as embodied in their nutrition plan which is likewise contributing to the shared target of only 3 percent malnutrition rate by 2016 for the entire province. (JCV/PIA10)