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Non-smoking fathers have healthier children, DOH says

By ALICE NICART, PIA Samar
October 7, 2011

CATBALOGAN CITY  –  The Center for Health Development of Region VIII, through its Regional Nutritionist/Dietician, Emily Grande stressed today that, indeed, children whose fathers are not smoking cigarettes have better health status.

This she said yesterday, during the program launch of “Expanded Garantisadong Pambata”. 

Quitting smoking among parents, elders and caregivers, is one of the eight strategies to significantly reduce the high prevalence of malnutrition, Grande pointed out, as she referred to the high prevalent rate of malnourished children in the province.

According to her, concerned agencies in the area should work hard together because the country is committed to reduce nutrition-related infant morbidity and deaths among children and mothers by 2015.

Foremost, mothers should again be reminded that breastmilk is the best milk the world has ever produced for children, thus breastfeeding must be their primordial concern once a new baby comes to the family.  This is followed by complete immunization, Vitamin A supplementation, deworming, proper hand-washing, proper toothbrushing, and toilet use.