February 27 – March 03, 2017 Surigao del Norte- NNC Caraga, together with the Department of Health Region XIII went to the respective municipalities of Surigao del Norte and conducted Nutrition in Emergency Assessment and Counseling. The activity intends to assess the nutritional status of the people in the community, especially those who belonged to the most vulnerable groups such as infant, children, pregnant and lactating mothers.
During the said activity, the team had a courtesy call with Mainit Vice Mayor Hon. Ramon Mondano, assisted by MNAO Janeth Lucida, BNS and BHWs. The group then proceeded to the evacuation center of Quezon Elementary School, where they conducted the nutrition assessment using the NINA tool. NNC Caraga, Department of Health Caraga and Provincial Department of Health Office representatives went to the municipalities of Sison, San Francisco and Tagana-an to conduct the NiE Assessment, IYCF counseling, giving of logistics such as Vitamin A supplementation and Micronutrient Powders. The team also visited the Rural Health Units and was able to teach the BNS, BHWs, NDPs and other health workers the importance of MUAC tapes and how to use them.
The NNC Caraga then attended the joint meeting with the Surigao City Health Office and Surigao del Norte Provincial Health Office for the planning, coordination and monitoring of the different area and communities affected. The issues identified are: the need for additional Micronutrient Powder and for the health workers to undergo trainings in IYCF and Nutrition in Emergency. Each cluster gave an update on their accomplishment and data gathered for consolidation and documentation.
Author: NO I Aldrin Atienza