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Garantisadong Pambata, Bulakenyos answer to ensure child’s health care
Wednesday, 02 May 2012
CITY OF MALOLOS- The Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado has intensified its comprehensive medical services provision to children zero to 59 months during the first round launching of the Department of Health’s program Garantisadong Pambata (GP) last last April 16-20, 2012 in this province.

With its theme “Kalusugan ng Batang Bulakenyo, Sigurado Basta I-GP Mo!”, the Provincial Public Health Office went to different health centers, rural health units and community health centers wherein 374,978 children were given Vitamin A to increase their body resistance and 416,643 children aged less than five years old were given deworming tablets.

Meanwhile, Alvarado advised the pregnant women to visit the nearest health center for sure ways of child healthcare that include regular check-ups by the midwives, nurses or doctors until they give birth, as well as giving care for the newborn baby. He also recommended exclusive breastfeeding for babies until they reach six months old and a complete vaccination, vitamin A supplementation and deworming every six months.

If there is sickness or if symptoms persist, consult the doctor for the necessary treatment. Parents should also teach the children proper hygiene and oral health, maintenance of cleanliness of the environment such as proper way of brushing, washing of hands, use of toilet and making each home smoke-free.

The governor added that Bulacan supports the DOH’s bi-annual program being conducted during the months of April and October that aims to reduce various illnesses among children that usually result to their early death. He also pointed out the importance of promoting positive childcare behavior and education of the public on matters concerning the significance of maternal healthcare and newborn care. ###

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