Micronutrient powder to help Samar’s malnourished children
Provinicial Nutrition Committee members were the guest during
the July 5 Huruhimangraw ha PIA radio program over DYMS hosted
by PIA Samar info manager Ninfa Quirante (far left).
By PIA Samar
July 5, 2012
CATBALOGAN CITY – A micronutrient powder developed by the Department
of Health could help Samar’s malnourished children.
This seems to be the consensus of nutrition workers during the PIA
8-Samar radio program Huruhimangraw ha PIA, as the provincial
nutrition committee discussed solutions to Samar’s malnutrition
According to nutritionist Felecita Borata, one sachet of this powder
contains some 15 micronutrients needed by a growing child.
According to the World Health Organization, the micronutrient powders
are single-dose packets of iron and other vitamins and minerals in
powder form that can be sprinkled onto any ready to eat semi-solid
food consumed at home or at any other point of use.
The powders are used to increase the micronutrient content in the
infant's diet without changing the usual dietary habits.
Samar provincial nutrition action officer (PNAO) Alva Gadin said that
Samar province ranks number one in the most number of malnourished
children based on the Operation Timbang results.
She added that 21.54% of Samar kids aged 0-71 months are underweight.
Samar is followed by Camarines Sur with 19.08% underweight prevalence
The Office of the provincial agriculturist as member of the committee
also vowed to distribute seeds for families to plant in their
Members of the committee also informed the listeners that the National
Nutrition Committee will meet Samar Governor Sharee Ann Tan in a nutri-dialogue
that will draw nutrition initiatives as commitment from the young
governor on July 18, 2012.
In the same venue, the micronutrient powder will also be introduced to
families of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.
set to distribute weighing scales and height board during the