Issue of July 8, 2018
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5 city health centers to upgrade as birthing stns
by Jane B. Cadalig

Five barangay health centers in Baguio City will soon accommodate mothers who are about to give birth.

Dr. Maria Alice Torres, head of the City Health Services Office (CHSO)-Maternal and Neonatal Child Health and Nutrition Division, said the office is working on the planned upgrade of five health centers into birthing facilities so that mothers will no longer have to go to the hospitals to deliver.

Torres said the centers being worked out to become birthing facilities are the Atok Trail, Atab, Pacdal, Pinsao, and Irisan health centers.

“These health centers were prioritized because of their strategic locations. We hope we could finish the process so that by the end of the year, these health centers will start operating as birthing facilities,” Torres said.

Torres said the Atok Trail Health Center, which used to be a birthing facility, stopped operating while its license from the Department of Health is being processed.

The Asin and Lucban health centers have also been lined up for upgrading to birthing facilities soon.

Torres said the operation of the five health centers as birthing facilities will help decongest the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

Baguio City has 16 district health centers that provide primary health care services to residents in various barangays.

To ensure safe delivery and minimize maternal and child deaths, health officials have been encouraging mothers to give birth in health facilities.

The establishment of birthing facilities in local health centers ensures that the mother and child are properly cared for by trained personnel before, during, and after birth.

The CHSO recorded four maternal deaths in Baguio last year and one death as of June this year.

The city Civil Registrar recorded 9,867 live births in 2017 and 4,192 live births from January to May this year.

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