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Davao City allocates P6.5-M for malnourished children

The Davao City government has allotted PHP6.5 million for nutrition program which focuses on children with severe malnutrition cases.

City Health Nutrition Officer Evangeline Genite said the funds also covers for the training of nutritionists and dietitians who will handle the program for Community Management on Malnutrition, procurement of weighing scales and height boards and the therapeutic food for severely malnourished children.

She said 60 percent of the budget will be for the purchase of food commodities that are only available in Copenhagen. The procurement is through the UNICEF, she said.

Davao City has 55 severely malnourished children who will be given the ready to eat therapeutic food with each sachet containing 500 calories. This will be a four-month program.

Genite however noted that the number of cases on acute malnourished children dropped from 300 in 2014 to 100 in 2015 and 86 in 2016.

She said cases are high in Marilog, Agdao, Talomo South, and the poblacion in District B and District B.

The city government is also giving attention to those under nutrition and severely under nutrition, Genite said.

Digna Banzon/PNA