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South Cotabato vows to reduce malnutrition cases

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The provincial government of South Cotabato said it is working on the expansion of its nutrition programs aimed at further reducing the incidence of malnutrition in communities.

Maria Ana Uy, provincial community affairs chief, said they have set new targets to address malnutrition at the household and community levels, especially those situated in remote areas.

She said the initiative is focused on adequate nutrition for babies in their first 1,000 days, and the establishment of more food gardens among local households. “We are also stressing the importance of nutrition research to assess if our nutrition projects are on the right track,” said Uy, who is also the provincial nutrition action officer.

She said the province also aims to qualify for the “Green Banner Award” from the National Nutrition Council (NNC), the highest recognition given to local government units with excellent implementation and management of nutritional programs.

Just recently, the province received its second Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition or Crown maintenance award from the NNC. Citing records, Uy said malnutrition cases in the province’s 10 towns and its lone city have been declining in the past 15 years.

Last year, the prevalence rate of malnutrition among infants and children in the area dropped to 4.46 percent, she said. “Our overall situation has significantly improved and malnutrition rate in all localities in the province were already in single digits as of the end of 2017,” Uy said. (Anna Liza Cabrido)


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