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Micronutrient powder to help Samar’s malnourished children

Huruhimangraw ha PIA July 5, 2012 episode
Samar 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 problem.

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 rate.

The Office of the provincial agriculturist as member of the committee also vowed to distribute seeds for families to plant in their backyard.

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.

Tan is set to distribute weighing scales and height board during the activity.