Venezuela/Press Wayuu Taya.- Marinelly Fuenmayor
A mega nutritional assessment event took place in the schools Teipichi Tatashi and Jesús Redentor simultaneously, both located in the town of Mara, to the north of the state of Zulia in Venezuela
This Thursday, November 9th, medical, pediatric, nutritionist, gynecological and vaccinator staff along the Wayuu Taya volunteer staff traveled to the Venezuelan Guajira, specifically to the schools Nerio Emiro Semprun Polanco “Tepichi Talatshi” and Jesús Redentor “Los Lechosos”, both located in the town of Mara in the state of Zulia, Venezuela, to hold the third Nutritional Assessment Day.
Like each year and within an array of social programs, the foundation along La Universidad del Zulia, Génica, Sociedad Venezolana de Pediatría y Puericultura, Centro Medico Nutricional Dr. Américo Negrette, El Mojan Hospital, Las Cruces Ambulatory, El Marite Hospital, Hospital Materno Infantil Raul Leoni, the State of Zulia Police Department and Fundación Happy Eating, made their contribution and added their forces to make this event possible, benefiting over 800 boys, girls and members of the community who required medical attention while also receiving vaccines against toxoid, diphtheria, pentavalent, trivalent, hepatitis, BCG, Polio and yellow fever.
Approximately 50 medical staff members were responsible for the children’s assessment, which included checking their weight, height and cephalic and brachial circumference to identify any sign of malnutrition, which heavily attacks the indigenous communities and to perform a professional diagnosis of this situation that affects the Wayuu communities.
A gynecological attention unit was installed in the School Tepichi Talatshi for women from the sector La Popular in Mara, where over 40 women were attended. Talks and orientations about uterus cancer prevention and sexually transmitted diseases were also given.
Nutritional experts gave indications and recommendations to the assistants pertaining their food handling and healthier cooking preparations. This initiative was born in face of the cases of schoolchildren affected by malnutrition and a lack of nourishment amongst the indigenous communities in the Zulian region, located to the north of Venezuela.
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