Sa Wastong Nutrisyon ni Mommy, Siguradong Healthy si Baby

     The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Jagna's celebration of the annual Nutrition Month clinched on July 29 at the Jagna gymnasium with activities that confirmed the focus on maternal nutrition, in consonance to this year's theme "Sa Wastong Nutrisyon ni Mommy, Siguradong Healthy si Baby!" culminated on July 29.

      Based on the theme, the Municipal Nutrition Council that Mayor Exuperio Lloren chairs, emphasized maternal nutrition, a critical factor in maternal health in line with the municipality's commitment to achieve the fifth item in the Millennium Development Goals in reducing maternal mortality by year 2015.

      Jagna is one of the three pilot areas of the MDGs in Bohol.

      In coordination with Jagna Rural Health Units 1 and 2 headed by Dr. Arnold Cagulada and Dr. Trish Luces, respectively, various activities were conducted, including pre-natal check up, home visit to lactating mothers and the implementation of toxoid immunization to pre-natal mothers.

      Other various month-long activities included the parents' class in almost all barangays in the municipality, search for King and Queen among daycare pupils, the usual feeding sessions for children, nutri-quiz bowl, and the drawing and slogan-making contests.

      The local Social Welfare and Development office headed by the officer-in-charge, Marcionila Reyes and daycare workers and Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) Anita Ocmeja, Municipal Planning and Development Officer Gerry Araneta and Municipal Agriculture Officer Camilo Rizano facilitated the activities.

      During the culmination program, Dr. Cagulada emphasized on the importance of proper nutrition, especially among children, not just in the month of July but all throughout the year; and for mothers to stay healthy and safe during their pregnancy.

      In his message, Councilor Senen Lloren, chairman of the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Committee on Health and Social Services, informed the public that with the institutionalization of the MNAO, the LGU can effectively continue to advocate proper nutrition in every household through the encouragement of backyard organic gardening because it is a basic need.

      "Being unhealthy obstructs the development of our children…but we need not be rich in order to be healthy because backyard farming does not require a huge amount. I call on the Department of Education to coordinate with our Rural Health Units so that our advocacy on proper nutrition will be fully achieved", Lloren said.

      Winners in the nutri-quiz category were also given recognition during the program. They were Mary Margarette Lomod of Canjulao Elementary School who got the first prize. Niña Marie Tagapia of Bunga Mar Elementary School who got the second, and Jesha Mae Forones of Jagna Central Elementary School who got the third.

      In the drawing contest, a student of Colegio de la Medalla Milagrosa, Ma. Princess Bermoy got the first prize, while Justin Ericson Mangyao of Central Visayan Institute-Foundation got the second, and a fellow CVI-F student Jovan Cordilla ranked third.