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“Expanded Garantisadong Pambansa” launched in Samar

By ALICE NICART, PIA Samar
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) by 2015.

“Then, malnutrition 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.

The program 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.