Strategy on maternal, child health strategy resurrected

THE CITY council has refiled a measure that establishes a maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition (MNCHN) strategy.

The measure, which did not prosper to second and third reading at the last city council,  was passed on first reading at this week’s regular session.

According to a copy of the resolution, which was filed as early as 2014, the measure aims to address the millennium and sustainable development goals of reducing maternal and child deaths here.

“The alarming reported deaths of mothers and infants may be attributed to the fact that most pregnant women in Davao City are unaware of the importance of or unable to access pre-natal services,” the resolution said.

The mothers may not also have followed the required minimum four ante-natal visits, the document added.

The city’s district health centers, the document wrote, “are wanting of sufficient supplies, equipment, facilities, and trained service providers that led to the continued patronage of the traditional birth attendants.”

The city council’s committee on health notes that the maternal mortality here was recorded to be as high as 62 deaths per 100,000 live births. Infant mortality, meanwhile, was as high as 15.5 per 1,000 live births, as of 2010 data.

The MDGs target maternal deaths to lower to 52 deaths per 100,000 live births and 12 child deaths per 1,000 live births.

The measure was referred to the committee on health.

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