THE Department of Health (DOH) emphasized the importance of ending malnutrition in order to achieve quality healthcare for Filipino children through the Universal Health Care (UHC) program.
“Ending malnutrition is vital in achieving quality healthcare for children through Universal Health Care. After all, proper nutrition is the cornerstone of a child’s health, physical development, and cognitive growth, particularly during the crucial first 1,000 days from conception to age two,” explains DOH Public Health Services Team Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire during the recent kick-off ceremony of the National Children’s Month held in Valenzuela City.
“Kaya naman po hinihikayat namin ngayon ang lahat ng ating mga kalahok dito sa ating pagdiriwang ng National Children’s Month na sama-sama nating protektahan ang kalusugan ng mga kabataang Pilipino,” she added.
Undersecretary Singh-Vergeire presented the country’s situationer on the health and nutrition of Filipino children together with various initiatives and programs on nutrition aligned with one of the DOH’s 8-Point Action Agenda “Pag-iwas sa Sakit.”
Valenzuela City Mayor Wes Gatchalian, Council for the Welfare of Children Undersecretary Angelo Tapales, members from the National Youth Commission, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and partners from UNICEF were also present during the event.