DOH-MIMAROPA expands WOMB System in Marinduque, Southern Palawan to reduce maternal mortality ratio

March 12, 2015 2:54 am 

By Celeste Anna R. Formoso

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, March 11 (PNA) — The Department of Health (DOH)-MIMAROPA is expanding in Marinduque and municipalities in southern Palawan the Watching Over Mothers & Babies (WOMB) System that was fostered to address the reduction and elimination of maternal and neonatal deaths.

DOH-MIMAROPA Regional Director Eduardo Janairo, who attended the Orientation and Planning Workshop on WOMB in this city, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) Wednesday that “it is a schematized and structured recording method of all health indices and tables that will be used as underlying support for the steady monitoring, appraisal, and review of health situations in Marinduque and towns located in the southern part of Palawan.”

WOMB, Janairo said, would be able to provide consistent, truthful and amalgamated maternal and child care information and statistics from even the “remotest of all barangays” in the two provinces that will be hoarded in a health information system.

“This data storage can be easily accessed by the local government units (LGUs) and their health care personnel for the provision of interventions to reduce the maternal mortality ratio in the country not only as a commitment to the UNMDGs (United Millennium Development Goals), but to the Filipino people,” Janairo said.

DOH-MIMAROPA Computer Maintenance Technologist Ricardo Malubag Jr. said that the WOMB “is a frequency tracking system that will cater prenatal, postnatal and under one (1) care in remote areas.”

“It will address the recording of patients and services needed or to be provided, and this will be harmonized with the clinic system, which is the mother system of the DOH,” he said.

Piloted in Oriental Mindoro, Malubag said WOMB was a project that involved three government agencies – PhilHealth, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the DOH.

PhilHealth and the DSWD come in because of their referral and verification systems that are used to help the “poorest of the poor,” and the DOH, the health care system.

In Palawan, the system is in the expansion phase in the municipalities in the southern part, where maternal deaths have been reported.

For training-workshops and the procurement of tablets that will be used for the WOMB, he said the DOH-MIMAROPA initially allocated around Php 3 million.

In line with this, and because WOMB is an android operating system and clinic system is web-based, 131 tablets would be initially distributed for permanent personnel in southern Palawan and Marinduque before May this year.

“For the tracking system to work in remote areas, it was designed as an android-supported application that will not need connection to wi-fi,” he said.

Reporting using the WOMB can be done once or twice a week, or depending on the policy of local health units. The end-user will be the midwife, and their services can be done.

“Instead of filling up target client list manually, they will now have electronic application,” he said. The orientation and planning workshop, Malubag said, was the start of a series of capability training on basic computer literacy for the midwives, nurses and doctors, and the WOMB as an android application.

The orientation held at a hotel in Puerto Princesa was attended by 32 health care frontliners from the municipalities of Aborlan, Narra, Sofronio Espanola, Quezon, Rizal, Bataraza, Brooke’s Point and Balabac.

Governor Jose Alvarez, who welcomed Janairo, told attendees of the orientation that with WOMB, the provincial government hoped to address various health problems that continued to impact women and children, particularly in southern Palawan, where indigenous communities could still be found.

The challenge, the governor said, was how to convince them to seek medical interference when prenatal, postnatal, and neonatal problems arose, considering the distances of their homes from health centers.

Alvarez, whose administration now regularly conducts the “Baragatan sa Barangay,” a widely comprehensive approach to provide health and other support to residents in Palawan, said this remained to be a problem. (PNA)

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