By Lady Jean L. Kabagani

ILIGAN CITY, Aug. 6 (PIA ICCC) – As part of the agency’s annual celebration of national nutrition month, the Department of Health (DOH) -10 Satellite Operations Center has encouraged the internally displaced families (IDPs) of Bahay Pag-asa Phase II Transitional Site in Barangay Mipaga, Marawi City to practice healthy diet during its recent visit there.

About 61 families with 94 individuals were given free medical consultation and other health services from the DOH.

The DOH has been roaming around several transitional sites inside and outside Marawi City to provide health education thereby increasing the IDPs’ level of awareness on the importance of healthy diets to protect them against under-nutrition and/or over-nutrition as well as non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer.

It was disclosed that the most common non-communicable disease among IDPs is hypertension.

Due to bad weather, the IDPs also are experiencing cough and cold, but the health sector ensures that “these common diseases are curable, and everything is under control.”

This year’s nutrition theme is “Kumain ng wasto at maging aktibo, push natin ‘to,” which aims to advocate the importance of gaining proper nutrients, promote the consumption of healthy diets and increase physical activities among IDPs affected by the siege.

Dr. Stephanie Zamora of DOH Marawi OpCen urged the IDPs to continue adopting a healthy lifestyle while staying at the transitional sites saying “we encouraging everyone to keep a healthy living with proper hygiene as well as keeping life with a sound-mind and sound-body, for us to remain functional and prevent sickness.”

Zamora added that the health sectors in the city would always provide the IDPs with free medical services: “We are here to serve you until you’ll get back on your feet,” she concluded. (LJKabagani/PIA ICCC)