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DOH to include eggs in diet of children in evac centers

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) is planning to incorporate eggs in the diet of children staying in evacuation centers for families displaced by the armed conflict in Marawi City.

Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial said Wednesday the move aims to manage acute malnutrition in the evacuation centers, where they detected five severely malnourished children and about 25 malnourished children.

“So instead of distributing milk, which is a source of protein, we thought of distributing eggs, especially to those who are lactose-intolerant,” Ubial said.

Noting that many Filipino children are not used to drinking milk, the health chief said that whenever they get donations of milk products, they incorporate them in the meals.

Ubial however said that they encourage breastfeeding at the evacuation centers and that they even provide wet nurses.

She said the DOH has also provided television sets so they could inform the evacuees of the department’s programs and entertain them as well.

In addition, the DOH has collaborated with government agencies for the installation of toilets, bathing and washing facilities, and the provision of hygiene kits. LSJ/



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