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Maternal deaths increasing: PHO

Mothers die of birth complications in Negros Oriental, and assistant provincial health officer Dr. Edgardo Barredo confirmed this during the launching of the “Mag Degamo Ta sa probinsiya” project Wednesday in Dumaguete City.

Gov. Rodel Degamo said he wants to address this concern during his incumbency, after receiving reports that maternal deaths are increasing since 2007 at 23 cases, and increased by five the following year, 29, in 2009 and nose dived a little to 21 in 2010.

Barredo said it is the governor wants to reduce infant mortality rate by 66 percent and maternal mortality ratio by 75 percent, by 2015.

The provincial government will reactivate the barangay health teams, to identify all pregnant women in the barangays and bring them to the clinics for normal deliveries, Degamo said.

The province is also targeting at least 100 barangay residents for blood typing from each of the 557 barangays all over the province, to have a pool of blood donors, with identification cards signed by the governor.

Barredo also announced the upgrading of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital from a 250-bed capacity hospital to 400-bed capacity with initial allocation of P15 million for the construction of the first two stories of the central block building with P85 million from the European Community and P450 million from the Department of Health.

He said the DOH has already released P25 million for the upgrading of the Guihulngan Disrict Hospital from 50-bed to 100-bed capacity hospital, and another P12 million for the upgrading of the 50-bed Bayawan District Hospital to a 100-bed capacity Level 3 hospital.*JG


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