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METRO SULTENG – Beside the operation palm oil plantation, PT Agro Nusa Abadi (ANA) is very concerned about the surrounding condition, especially in the community.
Currently, one aspect that has become PT ANA’s concern in the health sector is the reduction of stunting rates in North Morowali Regency, Central Sulawesi. This is because the villages surrounding PT ANA’s plantations also have stunting cases.
“There are 6 villages around the oil palm plantation managed by PT ANA. In those 6 villages, stunting cases were found. Including in my village,” said Sarludin Lauende, as Chairman of the Bungintimbe Village Consultative Body (BPD), Petasia District, North Morowali Regency.
In addition to the government, local government and several stakeholders playing an active role in reducing stunting in North Morowali, PT ANA also did not remain silent.
This subsidiary of Astra Agro Lestari (AAL) Tbk is involved in encouraging the reduction of stunting in North Morowali.
“I see PT ANA continues to care and is committed to having a positive impact on the health of the community around the company,” said Sarludin.
In the field, PT ANA collaborates with the health center and coordinates with the local village government. That way, 8 stunting integration actions can be carried out together or integrated.
“We will send health workers to the villages around the plantation,” said the Chairman of the Bungintimbe BPD.
Sarludin stated that it takes concern from all parties, especially parents, in dealing with stunting. Likewise in North Morowali, the role of parents must be maximized.
“In addition to caring about the prevalence of stunting, PT ANA also contributes to reducing maternal mortality. PT ANA is really committed to the distribution of its CSR program,” he said.
The same thing was conveyed by the mothers involved in the socialization of handling stunting and pregnant women in North Morowali. They said, the material presented during the training of posyandu cadres in the village was about the growth and development of infants and toddlers, the health of pregnant women and fetuses.
“The socialization came from the community health center/puskesmas accompanied by PT ANA and integrated service post officers/cadres,” said Nata Alfariza, one of the mothers who received assistance from PT ANA’s stunting reduction program.
In handling stunting, mothers in the village around the plantation receive monthly PMT (supplementary feeding) assistance from PT ANA. PMT activities are held in the hall of each village. The PMT provided varies every month.
The stunting assistance package provided by PT ANA is in the form of vitamins, milk, and egg PMT. This package was delivered starting last May 2023.
“We are grateful. Hopefully this program will continue,” said Nata Alfariza, who is known to be from Bungintimbe Village.
Previously, the North Morowali Health Office reported that the prevalence of stunting in children under five in the district has decreased significantly.
In 2021 the figure was 24% and became 12.9% in 2022. This achievement exceeds the national target of 14%.
And the achievements of North Morowali District have been evaluated by the Central Sulawesi Provincial Government.
The evaluation from the Central Sulawesi Provincial Government aims to ensure that the 8 convergence actions to reduce stunting carried out in Morut in 2022, have been carried out properly from planning to reporting.
The Regent of North Morowali, Delis J. Hehi, stated that his party is very determined in overcoming stunting and has made several innovations to reduce the stunting rate in North Morowali District. ***