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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Feb 13 (PIA) -- The Essential Health Care Package (EHCP) program implementation yielded drastic reduction of leading diseases among the schoolchildren in the province.
“The comparative studies of the nutritional indicators from the start of the implementation of the EHCP in the province will produce the current health outcome of the program among the schoolchildren today,” Dr. Consolacion Ruflo, the Department of Education Schools Medical Officer - SoLeyte Division reported during the consultative meeting with Fit For School and local governments at SoLeyte Division Office, Tuesday.
She said the health status of the schoolchildren was alarming before the EHCP program was implemented: body mass index (BMI) - 9.58 percent, parasitism – 20 percent, and dental caries – 76 percent.
She further reported, however, that with the full implementation of the said health program, a drastic reduction of the mentioned diseases were noted as follows: BMI - 5.88 percent, parasitism - .5 percent and dental caries - 38.55 percent.
Dr. Ruflo also noted that program was vigorously implemented in the division with the assistance of the Parents Teachers Associations (PTA), non government organizations like PLAN International and the local governments, wherein the construction of hand washing and tooth brushing facilities inside the classrooms reached to 1,522 while 400 were located outside the classrooms but within the school campuses.
“ One of the best practices also noted in the implementation of the program was the integration of EHCP in the lesson plans of the classroom teachers,” she added. (PIA8, SoLeyte)
MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Feb 13 (PIA) -- The Essential Health Care Package (EHCP) program implementation yielded drastic reduction of leading diseases among the schoolchildren in the province.

“The comparative studies of the nutritional indicators from the start of the implementation of the EHCP in the province will produce the current health outcome of the program among the schoolchildren today,” Dr. Consolacion Ruflo, the Department of Education Schools Medical Officer - SoLeyte Division reported during the consultative meeting with Fit For School and local governments at SoLeyte Division Office, Tuesday.

She said the health status of the schoolchildren was alarming before the EHCP program was implemented: body mass index (BMI) - 9.58 percent, parasitism – 20 percent, and dental caries – 76 percent.

She further reported, however, that with the full implementation of the said health program, a drastic reduction of the mentioned diseases were noted as follows: BMI - 5.88 percent, parasitism - .5 percent and dental caries - 38.55 percent.

Dr. Ruflo also noted that program was vigorously implemented in the division with the assistance of the Parents Teachers Associations (PTA), non government organizations like PLAN International and the local governments, wherein the construction of hand washing and tooth brushing facilities inside the classrooms reached to 1,522 while 400 were located outside the classrooms but within the school campuses.

“One of the best practices also noted in the implementation of the program was the integration of EHCP in the lesson plans of the classroom teachers,” she added. (PIA8, SoLeyte)


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