Birthing clinic in Carles up for expansion  


ILOILO –The Philippine Red Cross-Iloilo Chapter, with the support of Korean Red Cross, will help in the upgrading and expansion of a birthing clinic located in Carles town here.

Based on the letter of Chapter Administrator Gilbert Paul Valderrama, PRC-Iloilo will construct an annex building to the existing birthing clinic to increase its bed capacity.

The annex building, which has a floor area of 385 square meters, is expected to accomodate additional eight birthing patients.

The birthing facility package worth P15-million will include a land ambulance as well as sea ambulance to transport patients from and to the islands.

Carles is the farthest northeastern town in Iloilo and it is politically subdivided into 33 barangays. Of these barangays, 13 are spread out over 14 islands and minor islets.

These are the islands of Balbagon, Binuluangan, Calagna-an, Cabugao, Gigantes Norte, Gigantes Sur, Himamylan, Linadlaran, Manigonigo, Manlot, Naburot, Sicogon, Talunan-an and Tomaquin.

Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. said he is looking forward to the realization of PRC’s project in Carles this year since this can help in the prevention of maternal deaths.

Although there has been a decrease in the number of maternal deaths here for the past years, the governor reiterated heath officials must not be complacent.

“Healthcare services in rural health units and even in public hospitals must be continuously improved,” he said.

Maternal death in Iloilo has declined from 13 cases in 2012 to only nine cases in 2014 based on the records of the Provincial Health Office.

But the governor emphasized that it would be better if none of the pregnant women in the province would ever die during their labor.

Meanwhile, PRC-Iloilo will also build six new classrooms and rehabilitate eight others in select public schools damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda in Carles.

It will also construct a gym worth P11.4-million in Brgy. Cawayan, Carles which will serve as evacuation center in times of disaster.

It also reported the completion of the distribution of P24-million Emergency Cash Relief Assistance to 12,377 families who were affected by the super typhoon.

With P2,000 each household, the cash aid were released in Ajuy, Balasan, San Dionisio, Carles, Concepcion, Batad and Lemery.

PRC-Iloilo also completed the Shelter Relief Assistance (SRA) amounting to P35-million to 3,586 families in Northern Iloilo.

SRA provides each household with ten corrugated galvanized iron sheets and P10,000 cash aid.

They also finished building 200 core shelters in Ajuy, Balasan and Lemery and implemented livelihood program benefiting 5,177 households.  (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)

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