Mayor inks EO aimed at ending malnutrition

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Thursday, May 29, 2014


DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has pushed for the implementation of a global protocol that will be integrated in the nutrition program of all barangays in the city to manage the rising problem on malnutrition.

Duterte signed Executive Order 26 last May 27, seeking to integrate and institutionalize the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (Imam) in the local health system of Davao City.

“Imam is a set of updated and scientifically-proven protocols that can be used by health providers to manage acute malnutrition cases in the target age group of 6-59 months, who are the most vulnerable,” the EO reads.

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The EO mandates that the Imam protocol will become part of the minimum service package in nutrition in all barangays.

Duterte directed the CHO to lead the implementation and integration of the Imam down to the barangay level.

As part of the program, the barangay health workers and barangay nutrition scholars will undergo proper training, technical output and orientation by the CHO.

Once completed, the EO states that the barangay workers are authorized to perform the screening and detection of acute malnutrition using the weight-for-height, mid-upper arm circumference and checking for nutritional edema in the health facilities, evacuation sites or during household visits.

Severe acute malnutrition cases, however, will be managed by city nutrition officers.

The integration of the management of severe and moderate acute malnutrition is among the set nutrition targets of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition for 2011-2016, the EO reads.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 30, 2014.

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