37,000 CHILDREN BENEFITS FROM OLONGAPO CITY’S PROGRAM
Mayor Gordon was assisted by City Health Officer Dr. Arnildo Tamayo, City Nutrition Action Officer Richel Eve A. Torralba, City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) head Gene Eclarino and members of the city council.
Around thirty-seven thousand (37,000) capsules of vitamin A intended for the city’s thirty-seven thousand (37,000) zero (0) week to six (6)-year-old children will be distributed by health workers to the seventeen (17) barangays of the city.
Garantisadong Pambata will run through the whole month of April nationwide where vitamin A and deworming medicines will be distributed, as well as immunizations and breastfeeding education to lactating mothers.
‘’The program is a health package that has been designed to raise the survival rate of children, six years old and below,’’ said City Nutrition Action Officer Richel Eve A. Torralba.
Meanwhile, three (3) Detecto Weighing Scales were turned-over by Mayor Bong Gordon to the City Health Office. The equipment is part of the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program cost-shared by the Council of Welfare for Children (CWD) and the city government.
Mayor Bong Gordon administers oral vitamin A to Angelo dela Cruz, 4, of Brgy. West Bajac-Bajac, Olongapo City during the launching of the ‘Garantisadong Pambata’ (GP) program on March 30, 2009 during the flag raising ceremony at Rizal Triangle Multi-Purpose Center. Some 37,000 children in Olongapo will benefit in the city’s drive to protect their health and future.