Garantisadong Pambansa” launched in Samar
By ALICE NICART,
October 6, 2011
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The current high malnutrition prevalence in the province which is
pegged at 30% is expected to be curbed with today’s launching of the
“Expanded Garantisadong Pambata” (E-GP).
In the program, Ms.
Emily Grande, Regional Nutritionist of the Center for Health
Development VIII, Palo, Leyte, urged Samar’s health workers and
service providers to work doubly together so they could contribute to
the country’s commitment to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG)
prevalence in Samar should be curbed to hit half of the current 30%,
or 15% reduction from the current mark”, Ms. Grande said.
Beforehand, Dr. Dulce
Cernal stressed that Expanded GP is such, that unlike before when it
was administered twice a month, it would now be on a daily basis,
providing the facility in the home, school and just anywhere, where
children are found.
“This health event is
not new to us, and this GP is only one strategy to support our
achievement of the MDG goals to reduce children illnesses and deaths,”
Dr. Cernal spoke to her co-health workers around who were midwives,
nurses and municipal health doctors.
launched today was well attended by partner agencies who manifested
support to the GP: PLAN Philippines, USAID representatives, DepEd,
PSWD, PNP, DILG, DA, PIA, Samar Provincial Health Office, and the
province Rural Health Units.