32,000 malnutrition cases recorded

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

THE National Nutrition Council (NNC) is conducting an intensified breastfeeding campaign for children from zero to six months old in a bid to reduce the cases of malnutrition in Zamboanga Peninsula region.

NNC Regional Program Coordinator Ma. Del Pilar Pamela Tarroza said they have recorded 32,864 malnourished individuals including children in the different parts of the region.

Tarroza said nutritional disorders include iodine deficiency in pregnant women and lactating mothers, iron deficiency and anemia.

She said that most of the malnourished children are aged zero to six year-old.

Tarroza added that they will also provide micronutrients supplement that include vitamin A, iron with folic acid and conduct promotion of good nutrition programs aside from the breastfeeding.

The major nutritional problems on children include protein energy malnutrition, vitamin A deficiency, iodine deficiency, iron deficiency, anemia and over nutrition.

The causes of malnutrition are inadequate food intake, inappropriate child feeding and care practices, and poor nutrition of pregnant and lactating mothers, according to Tarroza. (Bong Garcia)

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