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DOH "Garantisadong Program" deemed successful, extended to children in evacuation centers

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (17 October) -- "Garantisadong Pambata Round 2" (GP2) of the Department of Health (DOH) is being implemented successfully in the region despite the aftermath of typhoon Pepeng.

Center for Health Development (CHD-CAR) Regional Nutritionist and Dietician Imelda Aboy said that the implementation of the GP2 program went well and that they are already receiving laudable reports from their implementing partners in the different provinces in the region. The GP2 is implemented nationwide from October 12 to 16.

GP2 is a Health Department program that aims to reduce childhood illnesses and deaths by promoting positive child care behavior. GP ensures that all children below five years old receive health service needed by them to be healthy, such as giving vitamin A capsules (12 to 59 months old children), immunizations, iron supplements to both children and pregnant women and promotion of positive care giving behaviors.

"In CAR we are targeting about 249,000 children and so far we are getting very good feedback from the provinces and partial reports are already coming in," Aboy said. She also confirmed that they have adequate logistics to meet their target and that the recent typhoon that hit the country did not affect the GP2 program because they have already set the supplies in place as early as September.

Aboy also informed that the DOH has extended the GP2 program to the evacuation centers. According to CHD-CAR Regional Health Emergency Management Program Director Elnoria Bugnosen, they have provided vitamins A, multi-vitamins and de-worming to children evacuees at the Mansion House which President Arroyo opened as evacuation center for the typhoon affected families in the city.

DOH has also provided medical consultations to about 200 persons. They also gave food supplements, multi-vitamins and ascorbic acids to the adults, aside from the full regiments of medicines the diagnosed evacuees needed.

GP2 was also conductedat the Puguis Elementary School in which erved as evacuation center of families affected by huge landslide at Little Kapangan, Puguis, La Trinidad, benguet.

Aboy also confirmed that other DOH programs have been helping a lot, as children's health, as well as of their mother are improving as shown in their "Operation Timbang" monitoring program. The health department is also implementing hand washing and oral health advocacy to the children, she added.

In line with this, Aboy is encouraging all mothers, fathers and even caregivers or guardians, to regularly bring their children to health centers, for the children to avail of the health packages such as vitamin supplements and immunizations.

She is also appealing local chief executives to support the program and mobilize their city/municipal health officers and barangay officials in encouraging their constituents in bringing their children to the health centers and avail of the free health packages of the government. (PIA) [top]

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