Malnutrition rate drops in Compostela Valley

January 9, 2015 3:07 am 

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley, Jan. 8 — The Malnutrition Prevalence Rate (MPR) of this province for 2014 dropped to 4.68 percent, according to the office of the Provincial Nutrition Council (PNC).

According to the report of PNC, in 2012, the MPR of the province reached 4.75 percent and eventually increased to 5.14 percent right after the onslaught of typhoon "Pablo" in December that same year.

The PNC exerted several nutrition interventions under the Nutrition Program spearheaded by Governor Arturo Uy, Vice Governor Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora and Senior Board Member Tyron Uy.

The program reached areas with high malnutrition rate where they conducted supplementary feeding program that helped decrease the cases of malnutrition among children.

Malnourished children were given Micro-Nutrient Supplementation and free milk by the provincial government.

Children who were undernourished were also attended to through a nutrition intervention dubbed as “Adopt A Child Program”, a program that caters to the needs of the child for 120 days.

The provincial government employees raise funds to support the children’s health needs and the money gathered by the employees is utilized to purchase nutritious foods for the undernourished children. (PNA)

LAP/LCM/CHERRY MAE D. PALICTE/LDP

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