ANGELES CITY — Some 20,280 kids aged 6 to 59 months from the 33 barangays here will receive Vitamin A supplements from the city government starting July 4, 2022 via house-to-house.
Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. said this is in line with the city government’s for Nutrition Month celebration with the theme “New Normal keng nutrisyun, sama-samang gawan ng solusyon.”
The said kids are also set to undergo deworming this June, serving as preparation prior to the Vitamin A supplements.
According to Jermaine Jam Aguila, City Nutrition Officer-in-Charge, the beneficiaries will be separated into two age groups — six to 11 months and 12 to 59 months, pursuant to the Department of Health’s guidelines.
“Mayor Lazatin gives emphasis on the need to protect the children from any harm carried by the present-day virus,” Aguila said.
The CNO will carry out the administration of Vitamin A supplements with the City Health Office led by Dr. Verona Guevarra, with the support staff from Gender and Development Office headed by Mina Cabiles.
The Barangay Nutrition Scholars and Barangay Population Workers headed by Evelinda Mariano have already identified the beneficiaries per household, Aguila explained.
Dr. Guevarra said the Vitamin A supplements or “Patak” are given every six months to mentioned age groups (six to 11 months and 12 to 59 months) — specifically in the period of January and July.
“Lalo na po at nasa gitna pa rin ng pandemya, napakahalaga po na pinoprotektahan natin ang ating mga kabataan sa lahat ng banta sa kalusugan. Kaya’t ginagawa po namin [ng City Government] ang lahat ng makakaya upang regular na makapagbigay ng mga bitamina sa mga Angeleño, bata man po at matanda,” he said.
This is not the first time that the Lazatin Administration distributed health supplements and oral vaccinations.
A total of 4,929 children received Vitamin C in November 2021.
Some 50,723 children also received milk last April 2020; while a total of 90,444 children were given oral anti-polio vaccines (43,392 for the first wave and 47,052 for the second), one of the highest in Central Luzon.