• Interventions commence to arrest malnutrition in disaster affected areas in E. Visayas

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    TACLOBAN CITY: Various interventions have been put in place to ensure that issues on malnutrition are addressed in areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas.

    The Nutrition Cluster headed by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has identified 30 municipalities and cities that have the highest risk of malnutrition based on triangulation of disaster data, baseline malnutrition rates and the number of affected persons.

    These include Tacloban City, Ormoc City, Palo, Abuyog, Alangalang, Kananga, Palompon, Carigara, Tanauan, Isabel, Merida, Sta. Fe, Dulag, Mayorga and Albuera in Leyte province; Guiuan, Oras, San Julian, Can-avid, Salcedo, Lawaan, Balangiga, Mercedes, Balangkayan, Gen McArthur, Quinapondan, Giporlos and Taft in Eastern Samar and Basey and Marabut in Samar.

    As of December 4, the cluster in coordination with the health sector detected 59 severe and 144 moderate cases of malnutrition out of the 9,744 children ages 6 to 59 months from Tacloban City and Tanauan and Palo towns.

    Outpatient and inpatient treatment services for children with severe acute malnutrition have been rolled out and 12 admissions have been reported as of December 4.

    Further, blanket supplementary feeding with Ready to Use Supplementary Foods (RUSF) were provided to 3,860 children aged 6-23 months and micronutrient fortified high energy biscuits to 27,020 children 24-59 months in Tacloban in efforts to prevent new cases of acute malnutrition.

    Around 161 pregnant and lactating women at evacuation centers, hospitals and surrounding communities in Tacloban, Dulag and Ormoc were also served from the five tents that were established for infant and young feeding services.

    The nutrition cluster continues its milk code monitoring and so far eight potential violations of non-targeted distribution of milk formula powder have been reported in Tacloban, Palo and Guiuan.

    Segundina Devota Dilao, regional nutrition coordinator for Eastern Visayas, said their cluster intends to reach out to some 71,000 children below five years old and 66,000 pregnant and lactating women.

    Their interventions include the protection and promotion of appropriate infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices for 90,500 pregnant women and children aged 0-23 months; prevention of vitamin and mineral deficiencies with provision of fortified high energy biscuits to 51,455 children aged 24-59 months and micronutrient powders to 71,000 children aged 6-59 months; prevention of acute malnutrition with blanket supplementary feeding for 25,700 children aged 6-23 months; treatment of 1,565 children aged 6-59 months with severe acute malnutrition; management of moderate acute malnutrition for 4,700 children aged 6-59 months and 2,500 PLW and timely nutrition surveillance. PNA

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