Birthing station inaugurated in Pampanga

July 16, 2009 9:23 am 

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, July 16 – A P5 million birthing station in Barangay Sindalan here was inaugurated by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez Wednesday.

The fully equipped birthing station could handle four delivery cases at any given time, Rodriguez said.

The inauguration was witnessed by Rio Magpantay, regional director of the Department of Health (DOH), City Health officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino, city health workers and officials from partner Prism Group of the US Agency for International Development and other local officials.

At least 100 pregnant women and soon-to-be mothers joined in the “pregnant parties” for the initial checkups and prenatal seminar at the station.

Rodriguez said apart from the building cost, “I have ordered the release of another P500,000 for the air-conditioning of the station.”

"We will not settle for the ordinary, will make this the best birthing station in the province,” he said.

The mayor said he instructed officials here for the immediate expansion of this birthing station to a 24-hour mini-hospital and the clearing of the way leading to it. "We have acquired the adjacent property for its expansion and total renovation."

He said the move is in anticipation of other health needs, which he branded as one of the city’s top agenda, particularly those residents to be relocated from neighboring Northville 14.

The city government will shoulder their medical expenses and all related costs, “it is our gift to would be mothers," Rodriguez said.

He added that another station in barangay San Nicolas would soon be opened to complement an existing station in barangay Telabastagan. (PNA) FFC/PS


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