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‘Safe Motherhood’ program launched in Lanao del Norte

Governor Khalid Dimaporo (rightmost) is accompanied by Vice-Governor Cristy Atay (2nd from right) in inspecting the health stations during the launching ceremony of ‘Safe Motherhood’ program.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – More than 4,000 participants joined the launching of the ‘Safe Motherhood’ program initiated by the provincial government of this province.

Lanao del Norte is the first LGU to launched this kind of health initiative that will support national government’s goal of achieving Millennium Development Goals 5 (improve maternal health) and 6 (reduce child mortality).

The province-wide event was participated 4Ps beneficiaries, Provincial Volunteer Health Workers (PVHWs), barangay health workers, health professionals, provincial employees and municipal mayors.

“The experience I had during the 4 pregnancies of my wife made me realized the importance of this program (safe motherhood)”, expressed Governor Khalid Dimaporo.

Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla who was the guest of honor for the ceremony shared the importance of fully functional birthing clinics in different communities of Leyte province. Petilla was Governor of Leyte province for three consecutive terms since 2004 before he was appointed as DOE Secretary.

Professor Ernesto Garilao of the Zuellig Pharma Foundation was also on-hand to provide technical support to the provincial government in helping achieve the zero maternal death target of Governor Dimaporo by year 2016.

After the launching ceremony, expectant mothers and toddlers availed of the free medical services extended by the provincial government through its Provincial Health Office (PHO) and provincial hospitals.

Among the services offered were Immunization (Station 1), New-Born Baby Screening (Station 2), Pre-Natal (Station 3), Blood Typing (Station 4), Ultrasound (Station 5), Family Planning Counseling (Station 6), and Sub-Dermal Implant(Station 7). VNL/PIO-LDN

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