10 ZC brgys register high malnutrition rate PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 November 2015 11:45

The City Health Office is coming up with enhanced programs to address the problem on high malnutrition rate in 10 of the 98 barangays even as generally children nourishment registered 1.3 percent improvement this year in this city.

Dr. Rodelin Agbulos, city health officer, on Friday said the enhanced nutrition programs will be implemented starting January next year.

Agbulos said part of the programs is to strengthen the “nutrition on wheels” to educate the residents on the proper nutrition to include the preparation of nutritious food for the family.

Agbulos said malnourished children will be registered at the health centers “so that they can be properly attended” while pregnant mothers will be required to visit weekly the high risk pregnancy clinic.

The clinic is jointly manned by local health office personnel and the local chapter of the Philippine Obstetric and Gynecologic Society.

“We believe that healthy pregnancy will result to delivery of healthy babies,” Agbulos added.

He said the 10 barangays with high malnutrition prevalence rate are La Paz, 13.87 percent; Upper Calarian, 13.59 percent; Cabaluay, 11.86 percent; Cacao, 11.11 percent; Mangusu, 10.76 percent; Maasin 9.97 percent; Lubigan 9.91 percent; Sibulao, 9.69 percent; Sangali, 9.56 percent; and, Buenavista, 8.58 percent.

Most of the 10 barangays are far-flung areas which Agbulos attributed the high malnutrition rate to the lack of information and health facilities as well as insufficiency of barangay nutrition scholars.

The barangay nutrition scholars are personnel the government has employed to implement the nutrition programs in the barangays.

Agbulos said stress and dependence on fast food by the residents are among the contributory factors why barangays near the city proper have high malnutrition rate.

Generally however, Agbulos said the prevalence of malnutrition of this city declined by 1.3 percent to 3.4 percent prevalence rate this year compared to the 4.7 percent last year. — RGAAG