Teenage deliveries in Iloilo City down

March 4, 2015 11:35 am 

ILOILO CITY, March 3 — There has been a decline in teenage deliveries monitored in various district health centers in the city here.

In a comparative report by the City Health Office (CHO) here, a total of 4,645 teenage deliveries were recorded since 2007 up to 2014. The lowest was recorded in 2007 with 504 deliveries while it peaked in 2012 with 634.

In 2008, some 633 teenage deliveries were recorded; 594 in 2009; 616 in 2010 and 549 in 2011.

The decline was noted in 2013 with 558 and last year with 557 teenage deliveries.

The reduction could be attributed to the effective implementation of the adolescent and youth health and development program composed of integrated initiatives to address the emerging health concerns of adolescents and youth.

Among the CHO’s key interventions are regular medical consultations, youth advocacy program on reproductive health, nutrition counseling, iron folate provided to pregnant teenagers, among others.

To recall in 2012, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog created the Iloilo City Youth and Adolescent Health Program technical working group (TWG) to “promote a cohesive public-private partnership to support, coordinate, strengthen and sustain the adolescent and youth health and development program in Iloilo City.”

“There is a need for timely health advisory to stimulate the policy makers to make strategic decisions and interventions sensitive to the needs of the young people,” Mabilog said in his executive order that created the TWG. (PNA)

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