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Nutritional status of day care kids in Tarangan improves through PGMA's FSP

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (15 February) -- The nutritional status of some 120 day care children in Tarangan town improved as the 22 Day Care Center kids were given a kilo of rice a day by the PGMA's Food for School Program.

The data was gathered from a report filed by Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) Claudette Jane Cabinalan.

According to Cabinalan's report, some 601 kids weighed initially showed that some 378 were normal; 198 below normal low (BNL); and 13 were below normal very low (BNVL).

After some time of distributing a kilo of rice a day coupled by the DSWD's supplemental feeding program, 69 kids weighing BNL now weigh normally and only one kid is left out of the 13 that was classified BNVL.

Based on the assessment of a Provincial Nutrition Council Member, Felecita Borata, an improvement of 38% has been achieved.

Meanwhile, Mayor Emmelly Olaje expressed concern over the inclusion of Tarangnan in the top 20 nutritionally depressed municipalities but vowed to support the nutrition program of her town. She said she also acknowledged the assistance that would be extended by the National Nutrition Council.

Cabinalan also told PIA that aside from the one kilo a day ration and the supplemental feeding, the day care children are given deworming tablets and also taught good eating habits. The parents are also taught to prepare less expensive but nutritious meals. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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