DOH calls on the public to help in community kitchens at evacuation centers

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MANILA, Philippines — 52 days into the armed conflict in Mindanao, evacuees received food donations in the form of canned goods and noodles.

Because of this, the Department of Health (DOH) is worried about the health of evacuees if they continuously consume such food.

This is why the DOH is urging the public to provide food donations for the community kitchens it will set up at evacuation centers where food will be cooked and served for the evacuees.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has initially called for food donations in the form of beans, or dried fish.

“We are calling on the public to donate to our kitchen so that the evacuees can eat healthy food. Because it’s not easy to always consume canned sardines or any canned goods,” DOH Asec. Eric Tayag said.

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) has also deployed nutritionists from their regional offices.

There are also barangay nutritional scholars at evacuation centers to ensure that evacuees get proper nutrition.

There are now two community kitchens in Region 10 set up by a group of modern mothers from Cagayan de Oro and of the Momtrepreneur Inc.

“They are setting up the community kitchens.  If they have canned goods, noodles at least we should mix them with egg or vegetables,” NNC deputy executive director, Dr. Azucena Dayanghirang said.

NNC reminded mothers at evacuation centers to continue breastfeeding for their babies so they can get proper nutrition.

“We really would like to advocate for continuous breastfeeding because breast milk is still best for babies .  From zero to birth up to six months exclusive breastfeeding and the continue breastfeeding until 2nd birthday of the baby,“ Dayanghirang said.

The DOH hopes that the crisis in Mindanao would soon end to avoid evacuees from becoming ill due limited water supply and lack of nutritious food. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News and Rescue

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