Pregnant women receive food packs
COVID-19’S VULNERABLE SECTOR
SOME 200 nutritionally at-risk pregnant women recently received food packs from the anti-hunger multi-sectoral movement, Pilipinas Kontra Gutom, the Task Force Zero Hunger, and the provincial government of Pangasinan on Oct. 25 at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center II.
Task Force Zero Hunger chairperson Karlo Nograles said the program aims to alleviate hunger in the entire country, in collaboration with different private companies and local government units.
He said hunger and malnutrition are among of the worst consequences of COVID-19 pandemic and the most vulnerable sectors are the pregnant women.
He said the first 1,000 days of a child is considered as the important growth stage of a human where rapid brain development occurs.
Aside from the food packs, the beneficiaries received a journal that contains a guide for proper care for their babies, as well as healthy and affordable recipes that were vetted by the National Nutrition Council (NNC).
The Provincial Health Office (PHO), also conducted COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women.
Dr. Azucena Dayanghirang, Assistant Secretary and Executive Director of the NCC, said Pangasinan will also benefit from a project — under early childhood care and development program — by November for the 6 to 23 months-old malnourished children in the province.
Board Member Nestor Reyes, who represented Governor Amado Espino III, thanked the national government for the projects delivered to Pangasinenses. (Jerick Pasiliao)
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