Over 600 maternal, infant deaths recorded last year in Mimaropa

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SIX hundred twenty-two mothers and newborns died last year from various due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth in Region 4-B (Mimaropa), said the Department of Health (DOH).

Records of the DOH–Mimaropa revealed that there were a total of 51 maternal deaths and 571 neonatal mortalities in whole of 2013.

Palawan was found to be the province with the highest number of deaths with 25 maternal and 233 neonatal, while Occidental Mindoro had eight and 67, Oriental Mindoro with four and 121, Marinduque with four and 61, and Romblon with five and 43.

Puerto Princesa City, meanwhile, had five maternal and 46 neonatal deaths.

In a bid to prevent further maternal and neonatal deaths, the DOH–Mimaropa said it will now start requiring all birthing homes in the region to secure a License to Operate (LTO) from the former before being given a permit by local government units (LGUs).

"Our objective is to strengthen the capability of birthing homes by ensuring that they are well-equipped, well- organized and operated and supervised by a duly licensed and trained staff," Janairo said.

"We need to certify that all birthing homes in Mimaropa are duly licensed and manned by skilled health personnel," he added.

Birthing facilities are those that provide birthing service on prenatal and post-natal care, normal spontaneous delivery and care of newborn babies that should be manned by a physician, obstetrician –gynecologist, pediatrician, family medicine specialist, general practitioner, midwife, and/or a nurse.

Janairo added that they are already coordinating with the mayors, provincial and municipal health officers of the various provinces in the region with regard to the new policy for birthing homes.

The requirement for LTO is in compliance with the DOH Administrative Order 2012–0012 (Rules and Regulations Governing the New Classification of Hospitals and Other Health Facilities in the Philippines), which states that infirmaries and birthing homes are now required to be licensed by the DOH through its regional offices. (HDT/Sunnex)

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