DOH-Calabarzon to establish malnutrition wards in hospitals

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By Analou De Vera

The Department of Health (DOH)-Calabarzon is looking at establishing a malnutrition ward in some medical institutions in the region “to combat the growing rate of malnutrition in hospitals.”

DOH Regional Director Eduardo Janairo said they are eyeing to make malnutrition wards a priority by next year as malnutrition is a perennial concern in hospitals.

“We will make this malward one of the priorities next year to ensure patient care, appropriate dietary services will be given during hospital stay and sustain good nutritional practices upon their return to the community,” said Janairo.

“Nutritional assessment and screening must be done to identify and immediately provide treatment to patients at risk,” he added.

Janairo said that the malnutrition wards will include counseling, proper nutrition assessment, intervention, and education of patients.

Dr. Wyda D. Berina, medical officer IV and regional coordinator of Health Facility Operation and Development Unit (HFODU), said they have conducted assessment and evaluation of priority hospitals.

Among the hospitals included in the priority listing are Bacoor District Hospital, Binangonan Municipal Hospital, Laguna Medical Center, and Maria L. Eleazar District Hospital.

“The regional office will provide technical assistance to these hospitals in order to strengthen the implementation of their nutritional program, ensure the treatment and management with emphasis on nutrition for the patient’s well-being, and will provide family-centered nutrition management and education for patients and caregivers in the hospital,” said Berina.

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