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DOH issues revised policy on micronutrient supplementation

By Gemma Tabao

Tacloban City (November 19) -- Micronutrient Supplementation as an intervention to address micronutrient deficiency, has been revised by the Department of Health (DOH) in efforts to ensure the appropriate provision of quality micronutrient supplements in the country.

The new policy which is well-planned to support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG), targets to reduce under five and maternal deaths, and likewise address the micronutrient needs of other population groups.

The revised guidelines will not only direct health workers in administering micronutrient supplements to identified health groups, but will also generate compliance and support of other stakeholders for its effective implementation.

Micronutrient supplementation alongside with diet diversification and food fortification comprise the three-pronged strategy identified by the government to correct high levels of deficiencies, thereby improving the nutritional status of the Filipinos.

Said health approach is especially recommended for children 0-59 months old, pregnant and lactating women and, non-pregnant and non-lactating women of reproductive age. They are also intended for population groups in emergency cases, those residing in areas endemic with malaria and schistosomiasis, and those individuals clinically diagnosed with micronutrient deficiencies.

To recall, micronutrient supplements are safe and effective sources in concentrated forms, of those nutrients alone or in combination, marketed in forms of capsules, tablets, powders or solutions that are designed to be taken in measured small-unit quantities, but are not in a conventional food form and whose purpose is to supplement the intake of vitamins and minerals which cannot be met through regular diet and use of fortified foods. (PIA8) [top]

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