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Cebu News

Daycare workers told: Help fight malnutrition

Caecent No-ot Magsumbol - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines —  Daycare workers here are expected to raise awareness on the importance of combating malnutrition in the City of Cebu.

This was brought up during the city government’s Early Childhood Care and Development Program (ECCDP) gathering.

ECCDP Lead Person Marivic G. Alolod of the Department of Social Welfare and Services said that, as daycare workers, they are to instill knowledge on proper nutrition to parents.

“When a child lacks proper nutrition at an early age, it prevents proper development of his well-being and will greatly affect him, especially during his adolescence,” said Alolod.

To equip the daycare workers on what needs to be done, the DSWS organized a one-day refresher program, the city’s PIO reported.

The city government also has other programs in the pipeline to help promote an end to malnutrition in the city.

“Naa tay mga programs nga underway, because mao gyud ni atong plan nga i-reduce or wagtangon ang malnutrition dinhi sa atong siyudad,” Alolod said.

Back in 2019, the Department of Health reported that two of five kids in Central Visayas suffer from malnutrition mainly due to poverty.

“Because they do not have access (to good nutrition) because of their economic status, kids here suffer from malnutrition,” said Lyka Salon, a nutritionist from the City Nutrition Office.

With this, the City Nutrition Office continues to partner with the ECCDP in organizing programs to help end malnutrition among kids.

“Important man gyud kaayo that our kids and their families have access to the good nutrition program,” Salon added. — GAN (FREEMAN)

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