CHO bares drop in number of malnourished children PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 11:43

By R.G. ANTONET GO

The City Health Office (CHO) has announced a drop in the number of malnourished children for the year 2016 after their “operation timbang” conducted from January to April 2016.

Virgie Sagrado, CHO nutrition division chief, said that they weighed children from zero to 5 years old coming from the different barangays.

For 2016, it came out 125,102 of the children have normal weight, 1,133 severely underweight, and 3,087 underweight.

For 2015 the CHO recorded 123,898 children with normal weight, severely underweight 1,341 and underweight 3,149.

According to Sagrado, the figures went down as they focused their programs on their target, they gave more health nutrition education, and aside from these they also focused on pregnant women to make sure they will give birth to healthy babies.

“Feeding Preggy” or feeding these pregnant women is being done in health centers in selected barangays. The office is hoping that the program can be expanded. This is done as the first 1,000 days of a child from conception to 2 years old is very crucial to assure good health of the children.

For severely underweight and underweight children, they are giving feeding program and information dissemination when it comes to nutrition to parents.

The nutrition chief said that most of the malnourished children come from far-flung and hard-to-reach barangays.

“We advocate our health workers to follow up families with malnourished children…they have to do monitoring,” Sagrado said.

She explained that there are still severely underweight and underweight children because some of the mothers are working and little children are left unattended when it comes to food.

Sagrado stressed that parents must attend to their children especially when it comes to food. Nutritious food must be given to children which includes vegetables and fruits.

Moreover the health office is also advocating breastfeeding from newborn to 2 years old and the child must have complete immunization to assure healthy children. — R.G. A A. Go