In an article from Sunstar.com, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) of Northern Mindanao found some acute malnutrition problem in some evacuees in evacuation centers in Iligan City.
According to NNC-NorthMin Nutrition Program Coordinator Marissa Navales, cases of acute malnutrition are seen among 34 evacuees who were tested in Iligan City. Four of them are diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition and were brought to medical facilities in Iligan City.
Acute malnutrition is an abrupt failure of health and nutrition in the body. It is identified by low energy, weak immune system, dry skin and scalp, and deficiency in Vitamin A and these symptoms were discovered in the patients after the NNC’s nutritional status screening.
She said that the detected patients are now receiving therapy but NNC need to start a nutritional program for the evacuees.
NNC is leading the formulation of nutritional meal plans for the evacuees in collaboration with the Nutritionist-Dietitian Association of the Philippines (NDAP)-Misamis Oriental and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Northern Mindanao.