The Negros Occidental provincial government is allocating an initial amount of P10 million to address the nutritional needs of children in 20 barangays in Calatrava and Salvador Benedicto towns, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said Wednesday, January 18.
They hope this will address the problem of malnutrition, stunting and wasting of children in the identified areas, he said.
Diaz said while a Provincial Health Office (PHO) report shows that the nutritional status of pre-school children aged 0 to 59 months old in Negros Occidental improved in 2022, there are areas that are not doing well and need to be addressed.
There is a significant decrease in the prevalence of wasting, stunting, and obesity, the PHO report said.
A significant drop of 3.17 percent was noted for stunting from 2019-2022.
But Salvador Benedicto among the municipalities and San Carlos City in the city category had the highest prevalence of stunting, the report said.
Wasting significantly dropped to 1.06 percent and .66 percent for obesity, the report added.
However, San Enrique among the municipalities and San Carlos City in the city category had the most number of wasting and obesity cases, the report said.*