AC gov’t, NGO inaugurate village birthing center
Posted by Vic on 2012-07-04 02:19:37 MDT
ANGELES CITY – “This is one of the great opportunities of delivering good and proper health service to our people here in Angeles especially in making maternal and child care reachable to every family.”
Thus, said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan as he led the inauguration and turnover ceremony of Mother Bless Birthing Clinic (MBBC) at Barangay Cutud here on Tuesday together with Governors Lilia Pineda of Pampanga and Carlos Jericho Petilla of Leyte and Undersecretary Ted Herbosa of the Department of Health (DOH).
The birthing center is a solution for mothers who are financially restrained from having proper birthing delivery and are resorting to unlicensed midwives which are attributed commonly to infant and even maternal mortality.
“Our undertaking is of high importance as we give respect to the promises we vowed to accomplish stipulated in our Contract with the Angeleños. This is a best proof that we were able to reach out to the varied needs of every single Angeleño,” the mayor said.
Mother Bless Birthing Clinic is a long-existing public-private chain project in Leyte initiated by the Kapansanan ng Kawarayan at Kaurian Foundation Incorporated (KAKAK) and the Provincial Government of Leyte through Governor Petilla.
“KAKAK Foundation catered primarily to mothers in Leyte but due to the proposal of DOH Secretary Enrique Ona, the organization widened its scope nationwide,” said Sister Eloisa David of KAKAK Foundation.
“Pampanga is one of the 21 proposed provinces by the health secretary,” David added.
Through consistent coordination and dialogues, the organization and the local government of Angeles were able to identify were the birthing center will be constructed.
“Northville15 of Barangay Cutud is one of the five locations proposed by Mayor Pamintuan for the birthing station’s site,” David said.
At present, Cutud has more than 30,000 settlers with a high birth rate.
Cutud village chief Joen June Ferarris expressed elation over the building of the edifice that will house the birthing station in his village.
“The birthing clinic is of great help to our constituents here in Cutud since our barangay has the highest birth rate in the city,” Ferraris said.
The birthing clinic houses two recovery bed facilities, maternal check up area, birthing equipment and medical tools, and a delivery room.
According to Herbosa, the Philippines needs more than 4,000 birthing clinic to counter the growing rate of maternal and infant casualties and barangay Cutud is privileged to have one.
Others who witnessed ang graced the groundbreaking rites are Leyte Mayor Sandy Javier, DOH-3 Regional Director Leonita Gorgolon and PhilHealth Officer-In-Charge Walter Bacareza.
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