Strengthening of maternal, child health continues


ILOILO – The provincial government, through the Provincial Health Office, has purchased additional medical equipment to further improve the health services in rural areas

These new equipment were composed mostly of fetal dopplers as support to prenatal services for pregnant women. There were also autoclaves to sterilize materials either before reuse or disposal, microscopes and salter scale and harness.

The fetal dopplers were for the rural health unit of Anilao, Alimodian, Balasan, Banate, Barotac Viejo, Batad, Calinog, Dingle, Lambunao, Leganes, Lemery, Leon, Miagao, Mina, Oton (2 units), Passi City (2 units), Sta. Barbara, San Dionisio (2 units), Tubungan and Zarraga.

A fetal doppler is a hand-held ultrasound transducer used to detect the fetal heartbeat for prenatal care. It uses the Doppler effects to provide an audible simulation of the heartbeat. Some models also display the heart rate in beats per minute.

The autoclaves, on the other hand, were for Miagao, Lambunao, Janiuay, Dingle Batad and Balasan. The 23 fetal dooplers cost P157,987 while the six autoclaves were worth P68,730.

Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. said rural health units must be equipped with basic medical facilities and equipment so it can serve its purpose to the community.

He also stressed that strengthening the capacity of rural health units in terms of maternal and childcare would help the province eliminate the incidence of maternal death due to inaccessibility of basic medical care.

There have been 11 maternal deaths recorded in Iloilo in 2013, according to reports from PHO. The cause of death varied from sepsis, pulmonary arrest to post-partum eclampsia. The incidence thus made maternal and childcare a priority in this province.  #2014News

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