Are mothers still dying in childbirth in Eastern Samar?

Tacloban City, Leyte – Provincial Health Officer Marian Isiderio, Eastern Samar Provincial Health Office (PHO) informed recently that few mothers now die from birth complications.

Mother and child are the main concerns in child birth.
From 400 maternal death rate (MDR) per 100 thousand birth deliveries, (400/100,000) in 2000, it has now gone down to 92 or 92/100,000 per live births since 2015, she said. 

The accomplishment however is still way higher from than the national target, to drag it down more, to 50 per 100,000 live births. 

This she attributes to the several programs and projects that are being done by local health workers and duty bearers.

They are not “sitting down on their laurels”, however, but to some extent, this percentage is noteworthy, she pointed out. “This is because, the health workers, local officials and other concerned individuals are now in unison for this specific cause”, she informed. 

Foremost is the “Mass Blood Letting” procedures that are held in tandem with “Buntis Congress”, a gathering of pregnant and other still productive mothers. 

Asked why “Blood Letting”, Dr. Isiderio said, it is vital to gather and reserve blood to sustain lives, particularly delivering mothers. “In the past, profuse bleeding or haemorrhage during or after delivering babies would cause mothers’ untimely death. 

This wouldn’t have happened, if there only was an available amount of blood to replace the lost one”, the lady physician said. “That is why today, we, at the Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital always ensure that blood are available for emergency cases”, she added. 

It was mentioned that during “Buntis Congress”, which are usually done in any town’s public place, pregnant mothers are accompanied by their husbands not only to donate blood but also to let them feel that pregnancy, child bearing and rearing to delivery are shared responsibilities of mothers and fathers. 

“There would be occasions, when we can bring, back to the hospital some 20 bags of donated blood”, the gladdened Dr. Isiderio shared. “This means, 20 lives to be saved!”, she exclaimed further. 

She said they are happy to note also that there is now high awareness and understanding level of mothers in delivering babies only in facility-based clinics: RHUs, birthing-clinics and in hospitals where they are attended by professional health workers. 

In a separate interview, Health Educator and Promotions Officer (HEPO), Maricris Capia also shared that parents’ use of Emergency Birth Plan, was likewise proven to ease the burden of birth deliveries. In the booklet/notebook, are indicated the mother’s availment of prenatal services, the couple’s projected moves when the baby is due to come out of the world, money to use and other resources needed. 

Data also reveal that improved utilization of contraceptives helped in the reduction of maternal death. 

“Mothers have to be given enough time to heal, recover, beautify herself and enjoy before her next pregnancy, thus the need to give spacing,” Ms. Capia stressed. 

After all, “No mother should die in giving life”. (PIA-08)
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