It is known that the first quarter of the year is one of the busiest times for the nutrition workers especially the Barangay Nutrition Scholars for the conduct of Operation Timbang (OPT) Plus.
OPT Plus is the annual weighing and height measurement of all preschool children 0-59 months old. This is conducted to identify and locate the malnourished children for referral to relevant nutrition and nutrition-related services.
Among the indicators quantified during OPT Plus is the number of underweight and severely underweight children. Weight gain is an indicator of growth while weight loss or no change in weight are indicators of poor growth.
Taking weight includes the proper measurement tools to ensure accuracy. The hanging weighing scale is commonly used during the OPT Plus. The scale can weigh up to 25 kg and is graduated by 0.1kg (100g) increments.
NNC-IX conducts Orientation on the Nutrition Service Continuity Online Survey for Local NAOs and NPCs
A total of 46 participants, consisting of Provincial/City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officers and District/City/Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinators of the component LGUs in Region 9, attended the Orientation on the Nutrition Service Continuity Online Survey conducted by the National Nutrition Council Region IX via Google Meet on 07 January 2021 at 9AM.
In her welcome remarks, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Nimfa D. Ekong greeted the participants and expressed her gratitude for their participation. She emphasized in her message the importance of the continuity in the delivery of nutrition services amidst the persisting COVID-19 pandemic most especially to the vulnerable groups to counteract the negative impact of the problem. She also mentioned that this survey is critical in planning and in crafting innovative interventions to prevent further deterioration of nutritional status, thus, responses from the component LGUs are deemed necessary to provide an overall picture of the nutrition situation of the region.
Good news for pregnant women as they are targeted to receive additional meals and food commodities to improve their nutrition. This was bared during the soft launch of the Tutok Kainan Supplementation Program with Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles and National Nutrition Council Executive Director Dr. Azucena Dayanghirang on 23 November at the NNC Headquarters. Tutok Kainan program will provide the Enhanced Nutribun, ready-to-eat lipid-based nutritional supplement and hot meals for three months starting December this year. The program will initially target some 34,000 nutritionally at-risk pregnant women in provinces that have high rates of child stunting and areas affected by recent typhoons. By next year, the program hopes to expand to include malnourished children 6-23 months old.