Sorsogon solon urged improvement of maternal and newborn care

Sorsogon second district representative Deogracais 'Ding' Ramos. Photo by
Sorsogon second district representative Deogracais 'Ding' Ramos. Photo by

SORSOGON CITY ( Jan. 2012) – True to his concern for the wellness not only of his constituents but province wide, Second District Representative Deogracias ‘Ding’ Ramos of Sorsogon considered the Millennieum Development Goals ( MDG 4 and 5) as his priority in disbursing his PDAF.

Doing this Ramos tapped the DOH-WHO Essential Intrapartum and Newborn Care (EINC) program in hospitals, saying the standardization of mother and newborn care services and adoption of evidence-based interventions would help reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity.

MDG 4 aims to reduce the under-five mortality rate by two-thirds, while MDG 5 targets a three-quarters reduction in maternal mortality ratio. He pointed out that policy makers and local government officials need to set their priorities and properly allocate resources to ensure the best health care possible is made available so that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 are met.

Aiming to help reduce mortality and morbidity in the province, he called upon the health department to train government health professionals in the best health practices policy in identifying barriers, standardize maternal and newborn care services and strengthen the health system in the region so expectant mothers and newborns receive the highest standard of care in government and private hospitals.

The call comes at a time when a team of doctors from Team EINC will hold a maternal and newborn care training from January 11 to 13 in the second district of Sorsogon. Doctors, nurses and midwives from government hospitals and health care units in Barcelona, Bulan, Bulusan, Gubat, Irosin, Santa Magdalena, Matnog, Juban and Prieto Diaz are expected to take part in the workshop. Doctors from Legaspi, Albay and Daet, Camarines Norte have also committed to attend. This will be the first time this EINC orientation workshop will be offered in Bicol as an important update for midwives, doctors and nurses previously trained in the Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC) program of DOH, under its overarching Maternal Newborn and Child Health and Nutrition or MNCHN Policy. As a health care advocate, Congressman Ramos response was to release funding for the training through his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

The Sorsogon lawmaker said the workshop would enable the EINC Team to share evidence-based interventions and best practices as well as help raise awareness on maternal and newborn care issues in the region.

It is estimated that about 82,000 Filipino children die every year before they even turn five years old. Almost one-half of these children are newborns (less than 28 days old). “Many facilities have adopted the EINC practices that contribute to safe and quality care for our mothers and newborns, but we need to scale-up implementation urgently. Too many mothers and newborns are dying. Even one more mother and one more newborn dying is too many,” Dr. Maria Asuncion A. Silvestre, EINC Scale-Up Team Convener, pointed out,.their group will spearhead the training.

In Bicol, infant deaths per 1,000 live births rose to 11.1 in 2010 from 8.61 in 2009. The target was 8.4. Premature birth, severe infections, congenital anomalies were the three leading causes of death.

Maternal mortality ratio is 97 per 100,000 live births with preventable complications related to labor and delivery as the leading causes.

The training was aptly called “Unang Yakap”, meaning first physical inter-action of a mother to her newborn.

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