BORONGAN CITY, December 15, 2017–Cases of maternal deaths in Eastern Samar are going down. According to Ms. Edna Tumandao, family planning coordinator of the Provincial Health Office from eleven (11) cases in 2016, there are eight (8) reported deaths this year.
One of the most common cause of maternal death is bleeding, slow referral system and sometimes, the mother is not brought to the hospital on time.
Tumandao also pointed out the increasing number of teenage pregnacies in the province.
The latest maternal death recorded was that of a 14 year old, in Borongan. Before her, there were also two cases of maternal deaths in Borongan, Oras and Balangkayan.
According to Tumandao, one of their interventions to prevent these unnecessary deaths is the “Buntis Congress” and blood letting in the different towns.
Pregnant women are educated and informed about pregnancy, its possible complications and the danger signs they should look out for.
Blood letting activities are conducted to make sure there is enough reserve in the blood bank.
Tumandao said that it is a policy that every pregnant woman should have two blood donors or a two-donor policy in preparation for emergencies during childbirth.
The PHO is encouraging every municipality to hold at least two Buntis Congress a year.
Meanwhile, they are targeting 1% of the population of each municipality to be blood donors. Among the towns that were able to reach this target are San Julian and Llorente. (Eden Cidro/Este News)