Bais City faces challenges to improve malnutrition rate

By Jennifer Tilos

BAIS CITY, Negros Oriental  (PIA) — Bais City government accepted the challenge to improve its nutritional status having the highest prevalence of malnutrition rate of 11.46 percent in Central Visayas.

Bais City Mayor Mercedes Goñi. (PIA7-NegOr)
Bais City Mayor Mercedes Goñi. (PIA7-NegOr)

Bais City Mayor Mercedes Goñi said the administration should be more firm now on the drive to improve the implementation of the city’s nutrition program.

“I need to be more strict,” declared Goni on the problem about Bais as the most nutritionally-depressed city in Central Visayas during the Media Caravan today in Bais City.

The malnutrition rate is based on last year’s Operation Timbang Plus results with Bais having the highest in undernourished and overweight children in region 7 with the prevalence rate of more than 11 percent and 3.21 percent, respectively.

With this double burden of malnutrition, the city government has showed commitment to intensify its nutrition intervention programs in the barangay level.

However, the mayor lamented on the results saying that maybe because of the acquisition of weighing scales that the quality data ihas been collected and determined properly.

Quality data captures the collection of data through quality-standard weighing scales and height boards from barangay level which will be checked mechanically to minimize human error that will be inputted in the computers for the situation status.

Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, Dr. Parolita Mission emphasized that all local government units (LGUs)  are true to their data since the Nutrition Council’s Quality Data Management was not just properly imposed to a specific LGU but to all the LGUs in the region.

Mission stressed that the presence of the National Nutrition Council (NNC-7) and Media in Nutrition Development (MIND-7) intend to support the local’s nutrition programs and analyze the situation on what would be the action point that the city needs to do in addressing the malnutrition problem.

To help mitigate hunger and malnutrition, Mission said the activities should be implemented in the local level include exclusive breastfeeding for more than six months, establish community, school and home gardens to increase food availability, micronutrient supplementation, food fortification among others. (mbcn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/with reports from Sheena Mae Diongco, intern/This article was first published at PIA website on April 12, 2015)

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