by: Rodrigo S. Victoria

NAVAL, Bilira (PIA) – “We already witnessed several congresses here in Biliran province like that of women, youth, elderly and even that of men, but this time, it’s the turn of the pregnant women”, said Dr. Fernando B. Montejo, municipal health officer (MHO) of Naval town in an interview at his office on Tuesday, July 14.

Montejo said that some 60 pregnant women selected by the 12 midwives stationed in the 26 barangays in Naval will converge at the Naval Gym on Thursday, July 16, 2015 for the first ever Buntis Congress.

This Buntis Congress is aimed at giving the participants the knowledge on good and proper nutrition while in the period of pregnancy, said Montejo.

“Teaching them good and proper nutrition is important because this will help and keep them healthy from the first month up to nine months of pregnancy and even after delivery” he emphasized.

The congress will also provide the participants knowledge on the importance of the regular four pre-natal visits or regular health and medical check-ups in the nearest rural health facilities located in the barangay, rural health unit of the town or even in the Biliran provincial hospital, he added.

According to Dr. Montejo, this regular four pre-natal check-ups is a requirement of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) so that a pregnant woman can avail of the benefits provided by PhilHealth during delivery.

“We will also impart to them the importance of delivering birth in a facility-based delivery now located in the rural health unit of Naval and that of the other rural health units of other towns in Biliran province and in the Biliran provincial hospital, to ensure safety, proper care and handling of deliveries which are attended to by trained health personnel” he added.

He admitted that there are still pregnant women in the community at present who refuse to give birth in a facility-based delivery where it poses danger especially to pregnant women with high-risk pregnancies that can cause maternal mortality.

He confided that based on record, there were already three maternal mortality cases in Naval from January to June this year.

Participants to the congress will be given hygiene kits containing towel, soap, tootbrush, toothpaste, alcohol and other necessary hygiene materials that will be used during delivery, Montejo further said. # (fj/PIA 8 Biliran)

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