NNC-8 calls on stakeholders to scale-up nutrition actions vs. stunting
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, July 2 (PIA) — As the nation celebrates the 46th National Nutrition Month this July, the government through the National Nutrition Council (NNC) leads the month-long celebration highlighting the theme “Batang Pinoy, SANA TALL…Iwas Stunting, SAMA ALL! Iwas ALL din sa COVID-19!”
In Eastern Visayas, the celebration kicks-off on Wednesday with a motorcade as part of promoting awareness among Filipino families the importance of proper nutrition and to generate commitment from various stakeholders to scale-up nutrition actions in the midst of the pandemic.
In a mini presscon held on Wednesday at the Ritz Tower de Leyte, NNC Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Catalino Dotollo called on all stakeholders for a collective effort in order to address the high prevalence of stunting among children in the region.
“With this celebration, let us all help in our fight to prevent stunting especially among Eastern Visayan children since stunting is indeed a problem in our region and even globally,” Dotollo said.
Dotollo said it is likely that COVID-19 pandemic will have an impact on nutrition since the health system is focused on responding to health emergency which may affect the delivery of nutrition and related services and reduced people’s access to food.
Dotollo urged all stakeholders particularly the local government units (LGUs) to carry out the nutrition programs in their localities and give preferential attention to the first 1000 days on the life of a person which refers to the time of pregnancy until the first 2 years of the child so that the existing stunting problem will not become worse.
Actions of the National Nutrition Council are always geared into sustaining the campaign even beyond July 31, Dotollo said.
This include exerting all efforts to reduce stunting through the formulation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2020 which will serve as the overall framework to address malnutrition including stunting and its underlying factors.
Among provinces in Region 8, Samar has the most number of stunted children, Dotollo said. (ldl/cba/PIA8)