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34 kid-evacuees declared malnourished: Nutritionist

By LITO RULONA
Correspondent

THE HEALTH surveillance team discovered that 34 of the 600 children evacuees, who are now living in evacuation centers in Iligan City and Lanao del Norte, are malnourished. Initially 34 malnourished found while four of them were placed in hospital confinement as severe status inside City Luke’s Memorial Hospital in Iligan City.

National Nutrition Council (NNC-10) In-charge Marissa Narvales said they installed 13 cluster monitoring teams in evacuation centers located in the towns of Lanao del Norte province and Iligan City to monitor health and nutrition conditions of evacuees, especially children and lactating mothers.

Narvales said they have been monitoring with other national agencies like Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Education (Deped) in taking care evacuees in evacuation centers and those who are home-based.

Initially, NNC-10 has conducted immediate intervention to at least 34 children evaucees in Iligan City evacuation centers found undernourished and started getting ill due to their degrading health conditions.

“We conducted immediate intervention to prevent worsening condition on nutrition status. This is also our effort to prevent deaths and illnesses inside evacuation centers. Ang unang ginagawas namo sa nutrition emergencies is screening of nutritional status on children, lactating mothers and pregnant women,” Navales said.

NNC-10 is now conducting training inside Northern Mindanao Medical Center for health workers who cater to home-based evacuees in northern Mindanao areas.

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About Lito Rulona

Lito Rulona is a veteran newspaperman and broadcaster who covered many of the biggest stories in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental and Northern Mindanao since the early 90s.

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