complementary foods critical to the child's first three years says
By NINFA B QUIRANTE,
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – Breastmilk and complementary food are critical to the
child's first three years according to Provincial Nutrition Action
Officer Sallie Jabinal, during the third quarter meeting of the
Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC) in Eastern Samar on Tuesday.
The PNC is concerned
about the stunting of Eastern Samar kids aged 0-5 years old. According
to the data released by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI),
35.2% are underheight in Eastern Samar. The survey was done in 2008.
There is good news
though as regards to underweight, the status of Eastern Samareños of
the same age is better, with only 19.0 in percentage as underweight as
compared to the regional prevalence which is 26.4 and the national
which is 20.7.
Stunting is also a
problem with school children with 44.6% prevalence higher than the
national which is 33.9%.
As such, the PNC said
that mothers should be aware of the results of not breastfeeding their
children. A study roughly estimated that mothers breastfeed only
exclusively for two months as reasons include going back to work and
the myth that 'the mother do not have enough milk.
Most families are also
not keen on the preparation of complementary foods for kids aged 6
In one instance,
Jabinal even suggested a desperate move: "Suggest to the Pantawid
municipal advisory committee to delist families who will not attend
Pabasa sa Nutrisyon," Jabinal suggested.
Pabasa sa Nutrisyon is
a lesson on nutrition lectured to mothers especially those with very
young children. The Pantawid program implementors have yet to hear
about this drastic suggestion by the PNC.
As a whole, the PNC
is advocating nutrition to LGUs where most of whom are lukewarm to the