Davao Sur town targets zero birth mortality

March 18, 2015 6:03 am 

MAGSAYSAY, Davao del Sur, March 17 -– The local government unit here is targeting a zero mortality birth rate as it intensifies its drive against “hilot” home deliveries.

Mayor Arthur Davin said that he already ordered the Municipal Health Office to conduct massive information campaign discouraging all pregnant mothers from hiring the services of a “hilot” instead of going to government birthing facilities.

Davin said that the Municipal Health Center has a number of midwives who are capable of handling normal deliveries of pregnant mothers.

He said five more birthing facilities will be constructed in Barangays Tacul, New Opon, Upper Bala, Bacungan and Barayong.

“I am very vocal about this campaign since there were times that because of traditional ‘hilot’ practice we have recorded a lot of fatalities on the new-born babies and even their mothers,” he said.

Davin said the local government is also offering scholarship grants to those students who wanted to take up midwifery and to serve their own barangay purposely to help pregnant mothers.

Meanwhile, he said that they are also offering incentives to pregnant mothers who avail the services of their birthing facility. Mothers who completed the three prenatal check-ups and Philhealth holders are entitled to delivery free of charge plus a cash incentive of P500.

If they have no Philhealth but completed the required prenatal check-ups, they are entitled to 50 percent discount on delivery charges, meaning they have to pay P1,250 since the standard rate for delivery is P2,500. (PNA)

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