ILOILO TOWNS EYE IMPROVED NUTRITION STATUS
Dr. Maria Socorro Colmenares-Quiñon of the Iloilo Provincial Health Office assures support for municipalities to earn the Green Banner Award. (PNA photo)
ILOILO CITY — The Iloilo Provincial Health Office (PHO) has assured continuous assistance to municipalities under its nutrition program.
The province of Iloilo was the only province in Western Visayas that received the Green Banner Award for its efficient and effective implementation of the Local Nutrition Action Plan in 2017.
Dr. Maria Socorro Colmenares-Quiñon, provincial health officer I and nutrition action officer, said the PHO aims to help towns in the province to also earn the Green Banner Award.
“We continue our efforts to help the low-performing municipalities to improve their nutrition status through training their barangay nutrition scholars and barangay health workers,” Quiñon said in a phone interview on Friday.
The PHO is working for every town in the province to put in place nutrition policies, establish municipal and also barangay nutrition action plan, and activate nutrition committees.
Also, part of the health office is to lobby for nutrition budget to the local government units (LGUS).
Quiñon said the green banner award can now be granted to more than one town in provinces thus the PHO is geared towards the improvement of all the towns’ nutritional status.
“We want to dwindle malnutrition rate in all towns. We continue to assist especially those who had not performed well in their nutrition program,” she said.
The PHO also continues to guide towns which performed well and have “potentials” in gaining the Green Banner Award.
Quiñon lauded the “nutritionally improved municipalities” including Pavia town which only have .05 percent malnourished children; Igbaras with .57 percent, and Barotac Nuevo with .59 percent.
Under the Operation Timbang (OPT), Quiñon said they monitored the weight and height measurement of children from January to March 2018.
This aims to locate the malnourished children and assess the effectiveness of local nutrition program.
Quiñon noted that Pototan town had the highest prevalence of under nutrition at 13.53 percent or 663 children.
Pototan town is followed by Batad with 6.72 percent and Carles with 6.39 percent.
Last year, the PHO cited municipalities and barangays who successfully implemented programs combating malnutrition in 2017 through Pasidungog sa Nutrisyon Plaque.
The municipality of Sta. Barbara bested 41 other municipalities in the implementation of nutrition program, followed by municipalities of Conception and Miag-ao.
The municipality of Tigbauan was hailed as the top nutritionally improved municipality while San Rafael was the most nutritionally improved. (PNA)