The prevalence of undernutrition among pre-school children in Negros Occidental was 7.09 percent in 2012, with the highest number of cases recorded in Toboso and Moises Padilla towns, Nona Tad-y, Region VI Nutrition Program Coordinator of the National Nutrition Council, said yesterday.
Tad-y joined the Negros Occidental provincial government Provincial Nutrition Committee in celebrating Nutrition Month with the theme, “Gutom at malnutrisyon, sama-sama nating wakasan (Hunger, malnutrition united we will eliminate)”, at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center, yesterday.
This year’s celebration is aimed at lowering the rate of hunger and malnutrition which is prevalent among children in the far flung areas of the province.
Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, in his message, urged employees, health workers and health advocates to remain committed and supportive to the advocacies and programs of the provincial government in promoting good health and fighting malnutrition in the province.
He stressed the need for all towns and cities of the province to move forward with their nutrition programs to bring down the 7.09 percent undernutrition among pre school children to zero.
Tad-y emphasized the importance of awareness and knowledge on malnutrition and called on the public to be pro-active in combating hunger and malnutrition in the community.
She told the media Toboso recorded the highest cases of undernutrition cases among pre school children at 14.12 percent followed by Moises Padilla at 12.86 percent, Calatrava – 9.91, Candoni - 9.89, Don Salvador Benedicto - 9.69, Cauayan – 9.43, EB Magalona – 7.82, La Castellana – 7.72, Ilog – 7.16;
Valladolid – 6.85, Manapla – 6.63, Murcia – 6.11, Hinobaan – 5.63, San Enrique – 5.23, Hinigaran – 4.75, Isabela – 4.57, Pontevedra – 4.41, Binalbagan – 2.92 and Pulupandan 1.52.
One of the highlights of the celebration was a “Festival of Food” buffet showcasing Negrense food, delicacies and products prepared and cooked by mothers, Rural Improvement Clubs, Barangay Nutrition Scholars and 4H Club members from the different towns and cities of the province.
Cash incentives, trophies and certificates were also awarded to outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars and loyalty awards were given to those who have been more than 30 years in the service.
Barangay Nutrition Scholar Cirila Jimenez of EB Magalona, who has been in the service for more than five years, was recognized as the most outstanding BNS for this year.
Jimenez received P8,000 in cash, a trophy and certificate while others received P2,000 for consolation prizes.
Provincial Nutrition Program Coordinator Teena Pineda-Acebedo expressed her gratitude to all the BNS, health workers and advocates for their continued support and commitment to the provincial government’s programs on health and nutrition.*CPG