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Kids should go to school with meal, says DepEd doc

Bacolod City (24 May) -- Children should go to school with a meal as City DepEd Physician Dr. Ma. Herna Belle Montinola pointed to a high percentage of malnourished kids in the city schools division.

Citing a previous nutrition statistics, she said more than 25,000 of the 58,000 total elementary pupils enrolled are malnourished who may belong to these three categories: normal, below normal and underweight based on the International Reference Standard.

Child Nutrition Assessment. Bacolod City DepEd School Nurse Pachica Dilag calculates a child's age and weight using the new nutrition tool, World Health Organization-Child Growth Standard (WHO-CGS), in a recent seminar at the DepEd Social Hall. (PIA-LOL)

A hungry child, she said, will sleep inside the classroom, misbehave and is absent minded.

The government, nevertheless, has already stepped in bringing feeding programs that has been in -placed for several year now, she told PIA. The Bacolod city government, Pagcor, and other private entities are among the donors.

"We need more donors though," she said.

Montinola said this year, the DepEd will employ a new nutrition measuring tool that will categorize child malnourishment in five: severely wasted, wasted, underweight, normal and obese.

The new tool is adopted from World Health Organization-Child Growth Standard (WHO-CGS).

More than 70 DepEd teachers, nurses and nutritionists recently attended a one day echo seminar on the implementation of this new tool. (PIA-LOL) [top]

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