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PIA Press Release
2009/06/06

Kalinga GP accomplished 97.6% in Vit A, 95% in deworming

Tabuk, Kalinga (6 June) -- The province attained a rating of 97.6% in the Vitamin A supplementation and 95% rating for the provision of deworming doses province wide during the April Garantisadong Pambata 9 (GP9): 9 Ways to Save Your Child implementation.

This was revealed by Kalinga GP9 Coordinator and Provincial Nutritionist Frances Sebastian underscoring that Kalinga is on track in its implementation of the GP9 nationwide campaign.

In her report, Sebastian said that for the Vit A supplementation, the province was able to cover 2,825 (97%) of its 2,904 target under the 6 to 11 months age-level; 21,492 or 93% of the 23,231 target children with ages 12 months to 59 months and has covered 5,971 or 103% out of its 5,808 target for children ages 60 to 71 months.

The excess in the accomplishment was recorded in Tabuk City, which she explains is possible considering that Tabuk is a commercial center occasionally visited by non-Tabuk residents who were probably in the area during the house to house implementation of the GP9 week.

According to Sebastian, the high performance of the province can be credited to the active participation and involvement of all rural health units and local government officials from the provincial down to the barangay level.

This was the common observation when she and the staff of the Hellen Keller International (HKI) went to monitor the implementation of Vit A supplementation and deworming this April in some barangays of Pinukpuk, Kalinga. HKI in partnership with Chartered Bank has sponsored the provision of Vit A supplementation in Kalinga.

Weeks prior to the implementation, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) has also conducted massive information dissemination on the GP9 over the radio to encourage parents and caregivers to bring the children from aged 6 to 71 months to the nearest health centers to avail of the free Vitamin A and deworming doses.

This she said was done aside from the house to house delivery of the GP9 services to ensure that all the beneficiaries are covered.

The GP program is a twice a year campaign to improve the health and welfare of children with ages ranging from 6 to 71 months.

The GP9 has nine essential survival packages using low-technology with high impact interventions to prevent under-five and maternal death while reducing malnutrition. This include: skilled attendance by health professional during pregnancy, delivery and immediate postpartum; care of the newborn; breastfeeding and complementary feeding; micronutrient supplementation and deworming; immunization of children and mothers; integrated management of sick children; child injury prevention and control; birth spacing; and proper personal hygiene.

In a related development, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that last year based on the report of Save the Children, the Philippines has attained the highest record of delivery of basic health services for children among 55 developing countries.

"We were ranked first with the best child care in the developing world," he said.

In 2008, quoting the mid-term report of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has reported during the 63rd United Nations General Assembly that the "country has made considerable progress particularly in poverty reduction, nutrition, reducing child mortality, combating AIDS and HIV, malaria and other diseases in improving access to safe drinking water and sanitary toilet facilities." (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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