BAGUIO CITY: The Department of Health (DOH) stepped up its advocacy for better health and nutritional status of Filipino children with the enhanced Garantisadong Pambata (GP) campaign for children 14 years old and below.
Dr. Flora Pelingen, DOH- Cordillera Regional Office GP Program coordinator said the expanded GP program is a comprehensive integrated package of services and communication on health nutrition and environment for children. It is now being promoted to be made available everyday and at various settings including home, school, health facilities and communities.
The age bracket of target children has also been raised from five years old and below to 14 and below.
“GP’s objective is to contribute to the reduction of infant, child morbidity and mortality towards the attainment of the country’s UN Millennium Development Goals, particularly MDG 1 (eradicate extreme hunger) and 4 (reduce child mortality), as well as to make sure that all Filipino children, especially the disadvantaged, geographically isolated and those in the depressed areas will have access to affordable and quality health services”, Pelingen stressed.
Aside from health and nutrition services, GP also advocates a healthy behavior especially to parents, Pelingen added.
Gaby B. Keith