The malnutrition rate in Dumaguete City decreased this year by a slight margin compared to last year, City Nutrition Officer Lourdes Taburaza said.
In Tuesday's Kapihan sa PIA forum on the 42nd Nutrition Month celebration this July, she said the malnutrition rate last year was recorded at 2.27 percent and as of last reporting this year, it dipped to 2.1 percent.
Calindagan, a densely populated area, topped the list of barangays with the highest malnutrition incidence in Dumaguete, Taburaza added.
Other barangays in the list include Poblacion 7, Poblacion 2, Poblacion 1, Cadawinonan, Bajumpandan, Looc, Banilad, Candauay, Pulantubig and Buñao.
Dumaguete City has 30 barangays.
Taburaza said the malnutrition rate in the city continues to go down this year.
Meanwhile, the top five municipalities in Negros Oriental with the highest malnutrition rates in 2015 are Vallehermoso, Sta. Catalina, Manjuyod, San Jose and Bindoy, Judith Vailoces, breastfeeding coordinator of the Integrated Provincial Health Office, said.
For the cities, Guihulngan topped the list followed by Bais, Bayawan, Tanjay, Canlaon and Dumaguete.
Vailoces, however, did not mention the overall malnutrition rate of the province of Negros Oriental or that of the concerned towns and cities.*JFP
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