DOH-12 reviews Family Planning Program, vows to improve services this year

March 18, 2015 6:03 am 

COTABATO CITY, March 17 — To ensure that one of the flagship programs of the Department of Health (DOH) in Central Mindanao, a Family Planning Program Implementation Review was conducted in Davao City, health officials said Monday.

The review was highlighted with the “Araw ng Parangal” for the most deserving Local Government Units (LGUs) in the implementation of Family Planning Program in the region.

The ceremony also recognized the highest performing rural health units (RHUs) of the provinces and a health center from Cotabato City.

Dr. Teogenes Baluma, DOH-12 regional director, said the four provinces and one city presented their accomplishments with emphasis on FHSIS reports, Family Planning major indicator – the Contraceptive Prevalence Rates, local initiatives, sustainability strategies, policies, and public-private partnerships. They discussed functional service delivery networks and the support coming from the local chief executives from the provinces, municipalities, up to the barangays.

Interventions common to all LGUs are: the conduct of data quality check to ensure reliability of family planning (FP) data and the regular monitoring of their supervisors. The reports of activities conducted in 2014 were presented and so the support from health development partners.

FP Program Implementation Review

Furthermore, major issues were presented such as the increasing number of teenage pregnancies, inadequate trained human resources affecting the services, inadequate FP supplies, and the high drop out rate of FP users.

Assistant Secretary of Health for Technical Support Dr. Paulyn Jean Roselle Ubial recognized the efforts of the region, the provinces and cities in the implementation of the FP Program. She stressed the importance of local initiatives which are responsive to the needs of the clients, and emphasized that when dealing with FP clients, they require a “Face to Face” approach of motivation to practice an FP method.

She also presented Republic Act 10354 (The Responsible Parenthood & Reproductive Health Act of 2012) that could respond to the FP issues.

On the other hand, Dr. Baluma discussed the importance of accessibility to FP services, both in service delivery from trained health providers and the FP supplies at any delivery points. He highlighted the importance of activating the Barangay Health Board responsible for drafting local policies.

He also emphasized the importance of service delivery networks and training of more health workers to address teenage pregnancies.

On the issues of FP data, Dr. Dolores Castillo, the Chief Of Party of Mindanao Health, JPHIEGO commented the importance of looking at the relevance of high drop out rates among FP users, lower number of new acceptors and women who opted to change methods.

Based on the 2014 FHSIS report, the contraceptive prevalence rates (CPR) of the provinces ranged from 62 percent to 68 percent while the CPR of the highest performing RHUs ranged from 65 percent to 87 percent.

The regional CPR increased to 58 percent, (still with partial reports from General Santos and Cotabato City) compared with the national benchmark of 65 percent.

The 2014 awards for the Highest Performing LGU was given to South Cotabato Province with consistent high Contraceptive Prevalence Rates of 67 percent, because of sustainable strategies in all municipalities such as the passing of local ordinances, funding support from LGUs, and active participation of local partners.

The "Best Local Initiative in Family Planning program" was awarded to Sarangani province with a unique strategy of an active leadership from the office of the governor with approved ordinances, and a scholarship called “Paaral sa Sarangani” for the would-be health workers in the province.

Special Awards were both given to Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat provinces for facilitating the “cleaning” of their data based; and their local initiatives which impacted the implementation of the program in their localities.

Describing last year's program implementation as "excellent," Baluma said DOWH-12 will improve its services in 2015 with more innovations. (PNA)

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