Health, nutrition frontliners to reduce malnutrition in Abra
by Maritess Benas
Bangued, Abra (20 November) -- Officers and members of the provincial, municipal and barangay nutrition councils met in a forum on November 18 at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall to act together to reduce malnutrition in the province.
The result of the survey conducted by Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) in 2008 is alarming not only because Abra ranked Number 1 in malnutrition in the Cordillera region, but more so because of the great difference in terms of statistics compared to the average rate of prevalence of malnutrition in the country as well as that of the region.
Abra's malnutrition rate is 40.1 % which is much higher than the average rate in the Philippines which is 26.2% and the Cordillera which is 19.9%.
This requires a more focused attention and effort on the part of the Provincial Nutrition Council (PNC) which is primarily tasked to formulate an integrated nutrition program and to coordinate with concerned agencies to mobilize their resources to promote the nutritional status of the children in the province to ensure the future of the generation.
Members of the Abra-PNC chaired by Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin, presented their functions as individual member-agency for the participants to appreciate what they contribute to the operation of the council.
The Regional Nutrition Council (RNC) chaired by Dr. Myrna C. Cabotaje, Regional Director of the Department of Health-Center for Health Development, Cordillera committed their support to Abra's nutrition councils in terms of technical assistance in order to insure their functionality. The councils are tasked to promote the programs of government that would uplift the nutritional status of the people they serve especially children 0 - 5 years old as well as those in the early school age6-10 years old.
In a radio interview, Cabotaje emphasized the challenge that need to address by the nutrition council since health and nutrition is one of the components of the Millennium Development Goals that would reduce poverty. (PIA-Abra) [top]