SP urges Palawan towns to strengthen maternal and child health interventions

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The Sangguniang Panlalawigan urged all 23 municipalities in Palawan to implement and strengthen the National Nutrition Council (NNC) “Idol ko si Nanay Program” in a bid to provide proper maternal and child health interventions to reduce malnutrition.

During its regular session this week, Board Member Eduardo Modesto Rodriguez sponsored a resolution that enjoins all component towns to ensure that the first 1000 days of a newborn is a crucial stage to both the mother and the child and the local government units should make sure that proper care and intervention are provided to both.

Board Member Rodriquez said that one way of providing services to the mother is through nutrition education and behavior change.

“In response to the need to strengthen a holistic community-based intervention through nutrition education and promotion for behavior change, this Idol ko si Nanay Learning Sessions was developed,” he said.

The NNC was created by Presidential Decree 491 in 1974 by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos as the country’s highest policy-making and coordinating body on nutrition, and functions mainly for the formulation of national food and nutrition policies and strategies.

The NNC Governing Board is the collegial body that is chaired by the Secretary of Health. The Board is composed of various national government organizations.

“Nakasaad sa resolusyon na ayon sa NNC, ang unang isang libong araw ng buhay o first 1000 days of life ay ang itinuturing na crucial stage para sa mga nanay at anak dahil base sa pag-aaral ng mga eksperto sa kalusugan, ito ang panahon kung saan ay maaaring magsimula ang malnutrition. Kaya naman kapag naibigay ang wastong maternal at child health interventions sa panahong ito, malaki ang posibilidad na mailalayo sa sakit ang mga bata at nanay,” a statement released by the Provincial Government said.

The Idol ko si Nanay program includes learning session for the mothers. This year alone, NCC allocated P9.1 million for the supply, printing and production of some 8,151 sets of Idol ko si Nanay kits for distribution nationwide.

“Dito mabibigyan ng sapat na kaalaman ang mga nanay patungkol sa kahalagahan ng breastfeeding sa paglaki ng isang bata, matuto sa tamang kaalaman sa Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) kabilang ang wastong pagpapakain at pag-aalaga sa mga batang may edad dalawang taon pababa, malaman ang karapatan ng mga bata at magkaroon ng pagkakataon na makabuo ng isang matatag na support group para sa mga nanay,” the statement further said.

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