The Cebu provincial government, together with the Department of Health (DOH) and National Nutrition Council (NNC), celebrates this year’s nutrition month highlighting the first 1000 days of a child.
The first 1000 days covers the first day of conception until the baby reaches two years old.
This is described as the “golden window of opportunity” for ensuring children’s appropriate growth and development through complementary feeding.
In the opening ceremony held recently, the Provincial Capitol received the early childhood care development (ECCD) intervention package from DOH.
The EECD intervention package aims to provide integrated services on health, nutrition, early education, social services on the most crucial period of one’s growth and development which is the first 1000 days of a child’s life.
In a message read for him by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Cynthia Genosolango, Governor Hilario Davide III said the objective is to reduce mortality and morbidity rates among children 0-23 months old.
It also aims to reduce the prevalence of stunting and wasting of children of the same age group, he added.
Davide assured that the Provincial Government will provide the necessary health programs and services for pregnant mothers and newborn babies.
He also said services will be provided to promote a good pregnancy and child with good brain development and proper growth development of a child, physically and mentally.
Statistics suggest that top causes of infant mortality in the Philippines today are infectious diseases and nutritional problems.
According to the World Health Organization, deaths occurred within the first year of life of 4.5 million children aged 5 years old and below all over the world in 2015.
The opening program ended with a fashion show featuring creations of local designers modelled by expectant mothers and pregnant women. (Fides S. Palicte/with SWU interns Darlene Dacles, Shannen Iriarte)