ILIGAN CITY, PHILIPPINES – A nine-hour power interruption may occur in parts of Lanao del Norte province and in Iligan City on Sunday, April 12, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines said.
In an advisory, the NGCP said the power interruption may affect areas covered by Lanao del Norte Electric Cooperative (LANECO).
The power interruption is scheduled in parts of Baloi, Lanao del Norte and parts of Ditucalan, Iligan City from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NGCP said the interruption aims to facilitate preventive maintenance of the 7.5-megavolt power transformer at Baloi substation, which requires the shutdown of Abaga-MOM-MRO-Ditucalan 13.8-kilovolt line. (Joel Locsin/LBG, GMA News)
DOH-Northern Mindanao Employs Micronutrients Supplement
IN STRENGTHENING the advocacy on children’s wellbeing, the Department of Health (DOH) in Northern Mindanao is undertaking a strategic approach to support the micronutrients program in the region.
The advocacy dubbed as “Garantisadong Pambata 2015” (GP) implements packages and services available for every child.
Experts on nutrition gathered in a media forum in Cagayan de Oro last April 8 that tackled the highlights of GP.
Telesfora Madelo, DOH-Northern Mindanao nutrition program coordinator, said the program components of GP are immunization for infants and de-worming for children but highlighted the micronutrient supplementation.
Karen Yee, program coordinator for immunization, said the target population covers six weeks to 11 months infants.
Yee said that pneumococcal vaccine (PCV 13) was already distributed in barangay health centers in the Northern Mindanao and it will be given in three doses.
“This PCV13 is previously given by private doctors with fees. That’s why we consider it as a milestone in child immunization because right now it’s free,” Yee said.
“In providing micronutrient supplementation, we give vitamin A capsules to infants and iron tablets to all pregnant and lactating mothers which are all available in our barangay health centers,” Madelo said.
“DOH will be implementing GP every day not only for this month or this coming October,” Madelo said.
She also said that included in the GP services is the “Operation Timbang,” which is aimed at monitoring annual weighing of infants and children to lessen the impact of malnutrition.
Mitch Navales, program coordinator of National Nutrition Council (NNC), said malnutrition is the root of all sickness with deficiency, excess or over nutrition and imbalance in terms of micronutrients as its indicators.
She said that only two provinces, Bukidnon and Misamis Occidental, in the region are listed to have mild iodine deficiency disorder — children from 6-12 years old — from 2008 to 2013.(April Argen Pat B. Marzon/SunStar)