Celso launches Nutri month PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 July 2011 15:51

Mayor Celso Lobregat together with World Food Program (WFP) unit head Masunobu Horie the other day spearheaded the launching of the Nutrition Month celebration and cited breast feeding as a way of curbing malnutrition among children.

Themed “Isulong ang Breastfeeding, Tama, Sapat at Eksklusibo,” the nutrition month celebration was highlighted by the Search for Model Breast feeding mother and the launching of Vita Nutrient Mix-a powder mix packed with 15 vitamins and minerals for children 6 months to 2 years old.

The program kicked off with a walk dubbed “Nutri-Walk” participated by various concerned agencies and groups from Ledesma Street to the Paseo del Mar where the program was held. The activity was spearheaded by the City Health Office, City Nutrition Committee and Department of Health-9.

Sixteen (16) breastfeeding mothers donning casual attire, ramped on stage at the Paseo vying for the Search of Model Breastfeeding Mother.
Mayor Lobregat in his message espoused on the purpose of the observance of Nutrition Month and stressed the need to advocate for breast feeding as it is one of the ways to prevent malnutrition among infants.

City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos explained how the Search for Model Breastfeeding Mother was conceptualized stressing that this year’s celebration of nutrition month is centered on breastfeeding as there is no substitute to mother’s milk.

“There is a common belief that when a mother is breastfeeding a child, she becomes out-of-trend or losyang, thus discouraging many to do breastfeeding,” Agbulos noted.        “However, today we have seen that our candidates have proven that notion wrong and besides exclusive breastfeeding is the best sustenance for babies from their birth until their six months old when they can already be introduced with other nourishment,” he said.

According to According to World Health Organization (WHO), proper breastfeeding practices could avert 13% of the 10.6 million yearly deaths of children five years old and below and babies who were not breastfed in the first 6 months of their lives are 25 times more likely to die than those who experienced exclusive breastfeeding from the time they were born.
Agbulos emphasized that the search is a means of encouraging mothers to protect their children from infections that can be averted by breastfeeding.

The candidates, who were highly applauded and cheered as they carry with them their babies on stage, were representing the 16 health districts in the City under CHO. They were Marife Macoycruz of Ayala District, Loralyn Tangkapa of Labuan District, Ma. Shasha Rosales of Talon-Talon District, Rosemea Abdul of Canelar District, Haizel Joy Alaban of Tumaga District, Irish Herrera of Baliwasan District, Rizna Almonte of Tetuan District, Leny Bactiang of Sta Catalina District, Mariam Bajinda of Campo Islam District, Hazel Ann Perez of Mercedes District, Marilyn Tubosa of Manicahan District, Maryann Barrosa of Sangali District, Aralyn Estrella of Curuan District, Nely Nanette Daquipil of Vitali District and Ailyn Credo of Sta. Maria District.

Mayor Lobregat gave cash awards to the top 3 candidates who were selected based on audience support through cheers and claps. The winners were the representatives from the districts of Canelar, Manicahan and Vitali.

The program was concluded by the launching and actual demonstration of the Vita Nutrient Mix-a powder mix packed with 15 vitamins and minerals for children 6 months to 2 years old introduced by the World Food Programme (WFP)-a United Nations Agency.

WFP Head Horie oriented the audience during his keynote message about the supplementary powder and emphasized that it will not affect the taste of the food of the children within the age bracket thus assuring the parents that their children will absorb the essential nutrients it has to include Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D, E, Folic Acid, Iron, Iodine, Copper, Zinc, and Selenium.
According to CHO the powder will be available for distribution starting August at the different Barangay Health Centers in the City. Also present during the program were Councilors Rudy Lim and Lilia Nuño and Department of Health Regional Director Aristides Tan. — City Hall PIO