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SCSurigao City - March 23, 2022, UNICEF Philippines and members of the Regional Nutrition Cluster visited Surigao City Health Office to further monitor the current nutrition and health situation of the city, which is one of the most affected areas of Typhoon Odette.

The team paid a courtesy visit to Surigao City Health Officer, Dr. Emmanuel Plandano, who was the former Surigao City Nutrition Action Officer.

Ms. Alice Nkoroi - Nutrition Program Manager and Dr. Martin Parreño - Nutrition Specialist of UNICEF Philippines discussed the need to further improve the nutrition data collection and active case finding of severely and moderately acute malnourished children in order to provide swift medical and nutritional interventions and prevent physiological deterioration that may lead to death.

Data collection of height and weight are essential methods to identify the nutritional status of a child that is part of the Operation Timbang. Operation Timbang (OPT) Plus is the annual weighing and height measurement of all preschoolers 0-59 months old or below five years old in a community to identify and locate the malnourished children.  Data generated through OPT Plus are used for local nutrition action planning, particularly in quantifying the number of malnourished  and identifying who will be given priority interventions in the community. Moreover, results of OPT Plus provide information on the nutritional status of the preschoolers and the community in general, thus, providing information on the effectiveness of the local nutrition program.

UNICEF Philippines will be providing additional anthropometric tools such as weighing scales and height boards to augment the available tools of the city. National Nutrition Council Caraga will also continue to provide technical assistance to capacitate the nutrition and health workers and provide IEC materials to reinforce the ongoing nutrition information and dissemination efforts of Surigao City Nutrition Office. #RPOchavo