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Maternity mortality rate in Bulacan decreases
By: PPAO
Friday, 22 March 2013
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HEALTH SERVICES ON WHEELS. Mothers with their children line up to get their prescribed medicines after being checked up in one of the booths in Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan: Kalusugan Pangkalahatan on Wheels, a program of the Department of Health together with the Provincial Government of Bulacan to promote maternal and child health care services at Northville 9, Brgy. Iba O’ Este in Calumpit, Bulacan. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS- Due to the continuous efforts of the Provincial Government of Bulacan (PGB) in promoting and protecting maternal and child health care in Bulacan, the province’s maternal mortality rate dropped off from 44 in 2010-2011 to 13 from the total number of maternal birth rate in 2012.

The said statistics was announced by Provincial Health Officer Jocelyn Gomez during the press conference held during the Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan: Kalusugan Pangkalahatan on Wheels yesterday morning at Northville 9 Iba O’ Este, Calumpit, Bulacan.

Gomez said the health programs particularly the maternal and child health care is one of the top priorities of the provincial government headed by Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado.

“Bago pa ang Lakbay Buhay, marami ng mga proyekto si Gob. Alvarado na tumutugon sa pangangailangan ng mga buntis at mga bata,” Gomez said.

Gomez also added that aside from the free immunization and breast and cervix examination, the PGB and Provincial Public Health Office also augmented the birth facilities in Bulacan by means of birthing clinic and birthing stations.

“Bukod sa lalo naming pinapaganda ang pasilidad at pinapataas ang kalidad ng serbisyo sa Bulacan Medical Center katuwang ang Department of Health, kinukumpleto namin na magkaroon ng birthing clinic at stations sa lahat ng bayan at strategic locations dito sa Bulacan. Kapag kumpleto na ito ay lalo nating mapapataas ang tiyansang mapababa ang kumplikasyon sa panganganak,” Gomez added.

Approximately 700 families composed of women and children were educated on the said caravan which had interactive exhibits, storytelling sessions, entertainment shows and games on health.

Aside from free medicines, consultation and examination inside the bus, 1, 300 mother and child availed the health services of LBK wherein they were informed about the importance of pre-natal check-up, birth planning, safe pregnancy and delivery, birth spacing, child immunization, hand washing, prevention of disability and health insurance.

Meanwhile, first district representative Marivic Sy-Alvarado said that she donated P 1.6 million to PGB from the Priority Development Assistance Fund to be used for medical assistance and other needs of the Bulakenyos.

“Ang aking hangarin ay maging malusog ang bawat Bulakenyo at maipagkaloob sa kanila ang nararapat na mga serbisyong tutugon sa kanilang pangangailangan kabilang na ang mataas na kalidad ng serbisyong medikal,” the lady solon said.

Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan: Kalusugan Pangkalahatan on Wheels is an initiative of the Department of Health through the National Center for Health Promotion in partnership with the PGB as the first local government unit in Luzon to launch LBK. ###

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