QC govt wants kids to grow bigger, stronger

A PROJECT launched by the Quezon City government dubbed Operation Timbang Plus conducted by the health and nutrition workers in 142 villages of the city, revealed that more than 12,000 preschool children are stunted.

This prompted the city hall along with some private firms to embark on a project that aims to reduce the prevalence of stunting in Quezon City by the year 2017.

‘Batang 1000’ focuses on the first 1000 Days of the child aimed at improving growth during the period through good nutrition and related interventions.

The project believes that if the child receives optimum nutrition, adequate health and child care from conception until the age of two (2) years, the child will grow healthy, strong, and intelligent and will become a productive adult later on in life.

Accoprding to the QCHD, the prevalence of stunting among preschoolers increased to 3.4 percent in 2015 from 2.68 percent in 2014. The average prevalence of stunting in the National Capital Region (NCR) was higher at 7.8 percent in 2015.

A total of 228 nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women and child dyads from the eight (8) pilot barangays: Damayan, Commonwealth (NGC), Bagong Silangan, Tatalon, Sta. Lucia, and Tandang Sora are presently enrolled in the project.

A one-on-one screening, profiling and orientation on the project were conducted to ensure the full participation of the beneficiaries and other members of the community.

Also, health center midwives provided the barangay health workers with the masterlist of the project participants for close monitoring and follow-up.

Nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women were given tablets containing iron, folate, calcium and vitamin A and other essential vitamins during their pre-natal visits and post-natal consultation for three months.

They are also entitled for a free laboratory examination, ultrasound test, urinalysis, enrolment to PhilHealth and modified supplementary feeding with cooking demonstration and intensive nutrition counseling.

On the other hand, newborns will receive essential intrapartum newborn care while infants 6 months up to 2 years of age will be given oral drops and syrup that contains Vitamin A and Zinc and micronutrient powder.

The developmental quotient of the child at 12 and 24 months will be evaluated by developmental pediatricians from the Philippine Pediatric Society. (Kenneth Valladolid with reports from National Nutrition Council)

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