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Baguio City – The Regional Nutrition Committee-Cordillera Administrative Region (RNC-CAR) approved the first resolution for 2021 titled “Reiterating RNC resolution no. 7, s. of 2017: Enjoining all local government units and regional line agencies to ensure verification and calibration of weighing scales for health and nutrition services with specific recommendations”. This reiteration of the policy is a result of the policy review conducted by NNC-CAR on the 2017 resolution on calibration from October to December 2020.

The review showed that DOST-CAR conducted trainings on calibration and for Local Government Units (LGUs) on 2017 and 2018 and conducted with DOH actual calibration of 336 weighing scales for health services of LGUs and hospitals in 2019 and some LGUs undertaking verification/calibration activities including some few LGUs having procured test weights for verification/calibration.

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Baguio City –  Regional Nutrition Committee-Cordillera Administrative Region (RNC-CAR) geared up for 2021 during the 1st Joint RNC and Regional Technical Assistants on Nutrition (RTAN) virtual meeting held  March 23, 2021. The body firmed up policies and plans of actions amid the COVID pandemic in 2021.

The body  firmed up a policy  to address issues on the  calibration of weighing scales;  They are calling on the provinces to procure test weights  and identify a calibration focal person from the provincial health office to be trained by DOST. The schools are also enjoined to make verification/validation of weighing scales be part of their school improvement plans.

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The National Nutrition Council CAR conducted virtual MUAC Tool Orientation held via zoom conference and broadcasted live in the Cordillera Nutri-Abung Facebook Group- a private group for Nutrition Movers in the Cordillera Region. A total of 264 Nutrition Action Officers, City/ District Nutrition Program Coordinators, Barangay Nutrition Scholars and other allied health and nutrition workers in the region attended.

With the continuous provision of essential health services during pandemic as mentioned in the DOH Department Circular No. 2020-0167, the conduct of Operation Timbang Plus, nutrition screening and growth monitoring and promotion activities must continue. However, in highly at risk COVID-19 areas where weight and length/weight measurement are not advisable, Department Memorandum 2020-037 and NNC Memo 10, s. 2020 suggest the use of Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC).

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Baguio City – National Nutrition Council-Cordillera Administrative Region (NNC-CAR)  FB Fan Page bagged three awards during the virtual conduct of the 2020 4th Quarter Q Webby Awards and Annual Webby Awards 2020 Awarding Ceremony by the National Nutrition Council on March 17, 2021.

NNC-CAR was adjudged 2nd Runner-up for the Highest Number of Likes for achieving the 3rd greatest number of “New Likes” for the 4th quarter of 2020. It also garnered 2nd Runner-up for the Most Visible Social Media Page for having the 3rd greatest number of people talking about the Regional Facebook page. Moreover, NNC-CAR was also awarded 2nd Runner-up for the Highest Social Media Engagement for recording the 3rd greatest number of engaged users for the quarter.

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By virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 1188 on December 11, 2016, Goiter Awareness Week is observed every fourth week of January.

Goiter is a condition that refers to the abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. It is the most common effect and manifestation of iodine deficiency. It may also be caused by factors which interfere with the utilization of iodine by the thyroid gland. Early symptoms of goiter would include fatigue, low body temperature, dry skin, shortness of breath and depression.

Consequences of Iodine Deficiency

The effects of iodine deficiency, which could lead to a spectrum of diseases have been termed Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD), which include goiter, hypothyroidism, mental deficiency, physical deformities, cretinism and reproductive failures among susceptible individuals, families and communities.

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With the growing reliance on the use of technology due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Nutrition Council-CAR conducted an online Digital Orientation for Nutrition Workers on February 23, 2021 via Zoom Conference, where a total of 45 participants composed of District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators, Provincial/City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, and other representatives from the LGUs in CAR participated.

In support to the LGUs, the NNC-CAR has provided ICT gadgets/supplies such as internet modems, powerbanks, external drives and OTGs that will be used in support to the conduct of nutrition program planning, monitoring and other mobilization activities when face-to-face activities are limited.