>Bohol Island Focused Approach on Malnutrition Mitigation


Three Bohol towns would be piloted for a focused approach on mal-nutrition mitigation, the Provincial Nutrition Council (PNC) said recently. 
The underweight children of Cortes, Dagohoy and Anda towns now get to benefit from government assisted activities targeted to drastically address the problem. 
The PNC selected the towns; one per congressional district based on the number of underweight children from preschool to elementary ages, explained Dr. Reymoses Cabagnot. 
Data from the council showed that the same towns own the most number of underweight children in their respective districts.  
PNC vice chairman Dr. Cabagnot stressed that if the problem is not addressed as soon, the problem of children suffering from malnutrition may regress to poor scholastic performance, low body resistance leading to decreased productivity. 
Cortes has 262, Dagohoy; 478 and Anda has 268 children needing immediate nutrition supplementation efforts. 
With the issue, PNC Chairman Governor Erico Aumentado vowed he would put in more funds in 2010, this coming from the Provincial Development Funds upon seeing the dire need to augment logistical support for the agenda.  
For the three towns, the council has identified a program of enhanced rehabilitation of indentified underweight children through organized community efforts.
The program also engages communities, government agencies concerned and sectors to zoom in on nutrition education programs through a unique system anchored at the schools through the Department of Education called pabasa sa Nutrisyon. 
The Department of Agriculture would also be engaging communities through food production program via its popular “Food Always In The Home” coupled with enhanced food supplementation through Feeding activities in children, says Dr. Cabagnot.
Moreover, the PNC envisioned program also involves micro-nutrition supplementation through Granatisadong Pambata as well as programmed livelihood assistance to concerned families of the focused children. (PIA)

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