ADS March9Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur---The Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur (PGAS) through its Provincial Health Office (PHO) provided an integrated health and nutrition services to the residents, mostly children, pregnant and lactating mothers, during the long Dental Health Month Celebration.

Part of the celebration of the National Dental Health Month and National Vaccination Day – Resbakuna Kids, the intervention package will help avail health and nutrition services at the grassroots.

Dr. Jacqueline Frances Momville, Provincial Health Officer II of PGAS–PHO thought that the celebration should not just include dental and vaccination services, that, it should be holistic. Part of the services provided to the community are the pediatric vaccination, dental services, pre-natal checkups, family planning counseling, and maternal nutrition education.

The maternal nutrition education for the pregnant mothers is led by Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO), Laniebelle T. Angchangco, together with the Provincial Nutrition Focal Point (PNFP) of Agusan del Sur for Dietary Supplementation Program – Tutok Kainan (DSP-TK), Mariella P. Rayco. Aside from counselling and nutrition education, the team discussed the importance of Pinggang Pinoy and 10 Kumainments.

Likewise, PNFP Rayco gave a short discussion on healthy weight gain during pregnancy and conducted a Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) measurement to the pregnant women present.

This activity was one of the stepping stone towards the goal of the Provincial Health Office of Agusan del Sur, which is, “to render quality, equitable and responsible health services, that is promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative in nature; and actively participate in the service delivery network of the province towards better health outcome thereby improving quality of life of the communities and its people —the AgSurnons.” MPRayco