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PIA Press Release
2010/01/16

Social welfare office to implement Fit-for-School program

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (16 January) -- In an effort to reduce major childhood diseases in the 11 municipalities here, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office will implement the Fit for School Program to day care pupils.

Elena Otgalon of PSWDO said that the program is an essential health care package for Filipino children. "Fit for School, Inc. is a Philippine NGO committed to support the health and education sector in reaching child-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Fit for school concept promotes the simple and cost effective essential health care package which addresses high impact childhood diseases in the Philippines. "The package consists of daily handwashing with soap, toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste and bi-annual deworming of children attending schools and day care centers," Otgalon said.

The PSWDO believes that using the framework of focusing resources on effective school health (FRESH) of World Health Organization, UNICEF, World Bank, will make a significant contribution towards the following MDGs: to achieve universal primary education, to reduce major childhood diseases and to develop global partnership for development.

With 5,481 day care children throughout the province, the provincial government will target poor day care centers, wherein one barangay will be chosen for every municipality. "We hope that the Municipal Local Government Units (MLGUs) will expand the program by providing toothbrush, toothpaste, soap to the children while the health department will provide deworming tablets," Otgalon said.

Otgalon disclosed that the number one problem of children here is hygiene. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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