MANILA, Philippines – Sorsogon Rep. Deogracias Ramos Jr. is seeking the implementation of mother and newborn care programs in the province, saying that this would help reduce deaths in childbirth.
“Bicol faces a great challenge in lowering maternal and infant deaths. There is an immediate need to identify barriers, standardize maternal and newborn care services and strengthen the health system in the region so expectant mothers and newborns receive the highest standard of care in government and private hospitals,” Ramos said in a press statement.
The lawmaker noted that hospitals that have implemented the program have reported savings, improved birthing experience for the mother, lower neonatal intensive care unit admissions and higher breastfeeding rates.
He also said that local government officials should allocate resources properly to ensure that the public receives the best health care possible.
The statement said an estimated 82,000 Filipino children die every year before they even reach 5 years old. From this number, almost a half are newborns or less than 28 days old.
In the Bicol region alone, infant deaths per 1,000 live births rose to 11.1 in 2010 from 8.61 in 2009.
A team of doctors practicing Essential Intrapartum Newborn Care held a maternal and newborn care training from January 11 to 13 in the second district of Sorsogon.