2,014 malnourished kids recorded in Davao City-A A +A
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
THE Davao City Health Office (CHO) recorded a total of 2,014 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) as of 2013, mostly are in downtown area where there are informal settlers.
CHO head Dr. Josephine Villafuerte said they are able to identify these children through their program “Operation Timbang”, wherein every child, aging six years and below are weighed.
In CHO's briefer, SAM is defined to be a deadly form of malnutrition. The risk of dying is nine times higher and intervention is narrow.
It read nine out of 16 admin districts in the city have at least 100 children with SAM.
Based on the data provided by the CHO, Talomo south district has 340 children with SAM, recording the highest number in the city.
Barangays in Talomo south district are: Bago Aplaya (52 children with SAM), Bago Gallera (six), Baliok (40), Catalunan Peqeuno (68), Dumoy (16), Langub (16), Ma-a (100), Magtuod (four), and Talomo Proper (38).
Talomo north district recorded 141 children with SAM -- Bucana (40), Matina Crossing (23), Catalunan Grande (38), Matina Aplaya (27), and Matina Pangi (13).
In the first congressional district -- District A (Barangays 1-10) has 89; District B (11-20) - 26; District C (21-30) - 30; and District D (31-40) - 64;
In the second congressional district -- Agdao has 187; Buhangin - 147; Bunawan - 171; Paquibato - 131; and Sasa - 67.
Third congressional district - Baguio District has 55; Calinan has 81; Marilog has 180; Toril has 165; and Tugbok has 174.
Villafuerte said they already recorded one death in the city.
She said the cause of death of the child, however, was not directly linked to SAM but to pneumonia and diarrhea.
"Children with SAM need immediate attention. Acute malnutrition has effectively addressed in the last decade through an intervention called integrated management of Acute Malnutrition," the briefer read.
Villafuerte said ready-to-use therapeutic food, also known as “pagkain gamut”, is "found to be an important element of the intervention."
The briefer states that: "The intervention is recognized by UNICEF and WHO as the only established, evidence-based intervention which successfully addresses the problem of acute malnutrition."
With the initiative of the Unicef, ACF, and CHO, Villafuerte said they hope to record zero-case of SAM by next year.
She is optimistic that the parents of the children with SAM will be motivated to help them address the problem of acute malnutrition.
Villafuerte said Unicef is allocating P5,700 per children with SAM for its intervention and rehabilitation.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 24, 2013.