MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — Some 141 Barangay Health and Nutrition (BHNW) workers have completed a “refresher course” on their roles in Mandaue City’s nutrition program.
This was after the Mandaue City Health Office (MCHO) held a two-day Nutrition Month forum for BHNW on Thursday, July 14, 2022.
Josephine Aniñon, CHO IV Nutrition Manager, said the activity was conducted to refresh BHNWs in their roles in the city’s nutrition programs.
Aniñon said the BHNWs were very important in the city’s nutrition campaign as they were the first to visit homes and find malnourished children in barangays, among other places.
The nutrition forum will last on Friday July 15th.
MCHO also held an agricultural fair and free medical service last week to kick off the celebration of Nutrition Month in the city.
Aniñon said one of their top priorities would be to improve the health of all stunted and malnourished children in the city.
The CHO carries out the “timbang” operation for children from 0 to 59 months during each first quarter of the year.
Aniñon said they also started the food supplementation program, feeding wasted children nutritious food for 120 days.
She said they will also be launching their 120-day milk diet program soon, which will likely happen next month.
The dietary supplement program is for children ages 6 months to 23 months, while the milk feed would be for stunted children ages 2 to 5, Aniñon said.
Ann Catherine Songahid, a BHNW from barangay Maguikay, said that from her observations, the problem was not only due to poverty, but also to the way parents watched and cared for their children.
“Makapakaon man, that’s the problem there is,” Songahid said.
(They can feed their children, but the problem is how they take care of their children.)
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