Forum aims to strengthen Mandaue’s nutrition campaigns

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STRENGTHENING Mandaue City's nutritional campaigns and making the city malnourished-free.

These were discussed in the two-day nutrition forum conducted by the Mandaue City Heath Office (MCHO).

Josephine Aniñon, Nutrition Officer IV of the MCHO, told reporters that improving the city's ways of defeating malnutrition is one of the primary agenda discussed during the first day of the nutrition forum held at the Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex in Barangay Centro, on Thursday, July 14, 2022.

The seminar was attended by about 143 barangay health workers (BHWs) from the city's different barangays. It will run until Friday, July 15.

It is held in line with the city's ongoing activities to commemorate the global nutrition month celebration this July.

Some of the most important matters they tackled are improving the city's ongoing nutrition initiatives, such as an informative orientation of the "Idol Ko si Nanay" program.

Idol Ko si Nanay is a program launched by the National Government in 2018. It targets mothers from the indigenous sectors and provides them with learning sessions under the early childhood care and development in the first 1,000 days after a child is born.

The first 1,000 days cover the period from conception up to a child's first two years of life and is called the "golden window of opportunity."

The child needs to achieve his full potential in the different aspects of development in this stage, specifically in nutrition, said Aniñon.

Data from the MCHO revealed that from January to March this year, about eight percent or 2,653 out of 40,517 examined children ages zero to four were tagged as malnourished in Mandaue.

The MCHO aims to decrease these numbers by conducting live discussions during the seminar among BHWs to improve the city's malnutrition campaigns, such as the feeding programs and gradual monitoring of malnourished children.

At the forum, they also conducted refresher lectures to BHWs, stressing the vitality of their roles as frontliners in administering proper nutrition among their community. (HIC)

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