THE town of Vallehermoso remained top in malnutrition rate in Negros Oriental this year, records of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) show.

PHO Nutritionist-Dietitian Grace Roman, however, clarified that there is a slight dropped this year.

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Vallehermoso has malnutrition rate of 17 percent this year or an eight dropped from the 25.1 percent rate last year. The town, however, remained top among the 25 towns and cities in the province, she said.

She also said that of the 6,835 children weighed this year, there are 203 severely underweight recorded in Vallehermoso, 974 underweight, and 161 overweight.

The PHO has yet to come up with overall malnutrition rate in the whole province this year because some local government units have yet to submit their report.

Of the four provinces in Central Visayas, Negros Oriental ranked first in the malnutrition prevalence rate with 11.31 percent in 2007. (Victor L. Camion)