Nutrition deficient towns in Iloilo target of outreach activities

Iloilo Provincial Capitol. Photo by Clark VIllaruel Antiquiera
Iloilo Provincial Capitol. Photo by Clark VIllaruel Antiquiera

The Iloilo Provincial Nutrition Council is stepping up efforts to curb malnutrition by bringing integrated nutrition services closer to the different towns in the province.

Five of the six towns in the province with the highest malnutrition rate will be the target of the outreach activities this July and early part of August as part of the province’s Nutrition Month celebration.

The towns are Batad on July 19, Concepcion on July 21, Maasin on July 26, Estancia on July 28 and Alimodian on August 2.

Based on the 2015 data from the Iloilo Provincial Health Office (IPHO), Estancia recorded the highest malnutrition rate with 11.05 percent, followed by Maasin with 10.12 percent, Batad with 10.08 percent, Carles with 9.58 percent, Alimodian with 8.33 percent, and Concepcion with 8.07 percent.

Through the outreach activity, member agencies of the Iloilo PNC will provide the following services: Iloilo Provincial Health Office, a recipe trial participated in by mothers in the municipality; Provincial Agriculture Office, lecture on container gardening; Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, distribution and planting of fruit bearing trees; and Department of Education, demonstration on malunggay powder.

Other member agencies such as the Department of the Interior and Local Government and UP BIDANI will brief participants especially the local officials on the Functionalization of Local Nutrition Committee; Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office will conduct a food feeding/supplementation, and the National Food Authority, rice distribution.

IPHO Nutritionist-Dietitian II Leni Desin said the focus of this year’s Nutrition Month celebration based on its theme “First 1000 days ni baby, pahalagahan para sa malusog na kinabukasan” will also be discussed during the gathering supplemented by video presentations.

The theme highlights the First 1000 Days of life – starting from the first day of conception until the second birthday of the child – globally considered as the “golden window of opportunity” for interventions aimed at achieving maximum potential of a child’s growth and development. PIA-6