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400 preggy mommies attend 4th Buntis Congress

LEGAZPI CITY -- More than 400 pregnant women in this city participated in the 4th Buntis Congress on Tuesday at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation.

The whole-day activity, which has for its theme “Mga Buntis Alagaan, Kalusugan ni Baby Agapan,” was spearheaded by the City Health Office in partnership with the Luzon Health, a non-government organization.

The Buntis Congress is a yearly activity of the CHO to inform and educate pregnant women on how to properly manage their safe pregnancies in order to prevent pre-mature delivery of babies and maternal death cases and to guide them into the right way of caring their babies.

City health officer Fulbert Alec Gillego said his office will continue to conduct an educational campaign, nutrition counseling, maternal and health care and other health-related services to make sure that both the health of mothers and babies are always in good condition.

Gillego said he will continue to conduct nutrition education to all the mothers to promote the proper way of breastfeeding process and to teach them responsible parenthood in order to reduce malnutrition cases in the community.

He told participants in the congress that all PhilHealth cardholders, members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and pregnant women sponsored by the Local Government Unit of Legazpi and the Province of Albay are free to avail of the maternal health care services in the three lying-in clinics of Legazpi located at Barangay Buyoan at the northern part, Barangay Banquerohan in the southern area and in the main building of the CHO.

The CHO head pointed out that these three birthing homes of Legazpi are operating 24/7 and being managed by professional doctors, midwives, nurses and other medical personnel.

From the start of the operation in 2009 until the present, these three clinics have zero-casualty record in maternal delivery.

In 2009, the CHO posted 81 maternal deliveries; 211 recorded in 2010; followed by 574 in 2011.

It rose to 848 in 2012 while in 2013, the record was 818.

In the first half of 2014, these clinics posted 305 maternal deliveries.

Gillego disclosed that the city also has an ongoing construction of another lying-in clinic in Barangay Taysan and expects to finish it before year end.

Another lying-in clinic will be put up in Barangay Dapdap next year.

These two additional clinics will serve as additional venues for health care and other medical services to all pregnant mothers in this city, he added.

Gillego said all the pregnant mothers are required to have at least four check-ups before the date of their maternal delivery and urged them to always visit the clinics for their regular checkup for for possible illnesses and advice for safe delivery of babies. (PNA)

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