CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, July 2 (PIA) – Catbalogan presently is home to many well-nourished children according to the latest operation timbang results.

Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan said Tuesday that she is happy to inform her people that the malnutrition prevalence rate of the city has decreased. Though she did not cite figures, she attributed the good news with her “more responsive” health services.

She said that aside from the locals having access to quality health care 24/7, she also offered locals rice subsidy where some 23,000 families have benefitted since it started a year ago.

The city health office headed by Dr. Gerarda Tizon also supports close to 200 mothers who exclusively breastfeed their babies up to six months. The children were also dewormed and given Vitamin A supplementation and immunization.

Some 2,300 children also enjoyed supplemental feeding.

To ensure that the families can sustain good nutrition practices, the chief executive also provided livelihood programs to poor families through swine dispersal, vegetable seeds and tilapia fingerlings.

Today, nutrition advocates ushered the start of the Nutrition month through a motorcade around the city of Catbalogan with the theme: “Kalamidad, Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan!” (PIA 8-Samar/NBQ)