Members of Misamis Oriental (MisOr) Provincial Nutrition Cluster (PNC) were convened in Apple Tree Resort and Hotel, Taboc, Opol, Misamis Oriental on 21-24 February 2017 for a training workshop to develop their competencies in administering standards and appropriate nutrition interventions for emergencies and disasters.
The workshop introduced concepts on nutrition cluster coordination, assessment of nutritional status, micronutrient interventions, infant and young child feeding, selective feeding, and monitoring and evaluation of nutrition interventions during emergencies.
Regional Nutrition Cluster (RNC) Chairperson Dir. Nimfa B. Torrizo of DOH RO X, who personally graced the workshop, highlighted that the occurrence of emergency and disaster has risen dramatically in the recent time which threatens human lives often resulting in food shortages, worsened nutritional status of the community and even mortality in all age group. Further, she stressed that the primary concern during emergencies and disaster is to prevent death and malnutrition among the affected population prioritizing the vulnerable groups.
MisOr PNC will be reorganized with the inclusion of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Office/Council. The PNC also agreed to fast-track the formulation of their Three Year Nutrition in Emergencies (NiEm) Preparedness, Response and Recovery Plan. Priority is given to capacitate the Provincial Nutrition Committee and Provincial Nutrition Staff of Misamis Oriental having been frequented by emergencies and disasters during the past years/months.
For this year, NNC X will be conducting a series of Training on Nutrition in Emergencies for all the Provinces in Region X scheduled from February to June. srcb