By Tracy Cabrera
In addressing the problem of malnutrition in the country, the Department of Health (DoH) is proposing the establishment of malnutrition wards in target hospitals to combat the growing rate of malnutrition in government medical facilities.
The proposal was announced by DoH regional director Eduardo Janairo during the health department’s joint strategic meeting with information technologists and nutrition-dieticians of priority hospitals mostly from Region IVA held in Makati City last November 4 and 5, 2018.
“Malnutrition is a perennial concern in hospitals and we need to lessen or put a stop to this health problem. Nutritional assessment and screening must be done to identify and immediately provide treatment to patients at risk,” Dr. Janairo stressed.
“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,” he added.
According to the health official, the proposed malward would include counselling, proper nutrition assessment, intervention and education of patients.
In addition, Medical Officer IV and Health Facility Operation and Development Unit (HFODU) regional coordinator Dr. Wyda Berina disclosed they have conducted assessment and evaluation of priority hospitals and came up with a unified strategy that will provide responsive health services according to the health needs of their clients.
“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,” Berina said.
Initially included in the priority listing for the establishment of malwards are Bacoor District Hospital, Binangonan Municipal Hospital, Laguna Medical Center and Maria L. Eleazar District Hospital.