DOH alarmed over maternal, infant deaths in Metro Manila-A A +A
Saturday, August 17, 2013
EVEN as the reproductive health (RH) law remains under scrutiny at the Supreme Court (SC), the Department of Health (DOH) is already worried over the persistent cases of maternal, neonatal, and infant deaths in Metro Manila.
In a statement, DOH – National Capital Region (NCR) Director Eduardo Janairo said it is unacceptable that mothers and their new-born children die especially if it is caused by insufficient health care systems.
"There should be no mother dying while giving birth or a mother losing her baby during delivery due to poor health care delivery system or delay in blood access due to weak referral system," said Janairo.
According to the 2013 DOH-NCR Maternal Death Report, there are a total of 53 deaths recorded with Quezon City having the highest with 23 deaths, followed by Marikina with nine deaths and Manila with seven; Las Pinas with three; Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa and Paranaque with two each; Caloocan, Makati, Malabon, Pasay and Pasig with one each.
As for the 2013 neonatal deaths reported by the region, there are already 417 cases again led by Quezon City with 121 deaths, Marikina with 54, Manila with 45, Pasay (39), Las Pinas (37), Pasig (24), Mandaluyong (22), Caloocan (21), Makati (19), Paranaque (11), Muntinlupa (10), Navotas (5), Valenzuela (4), Malabon (3), and San Juan (2).
Metro Manila has also recorded 613 infant deaths in 2013 topped by Quezon City with 122, Marikina with 85, Pasay (67), Las Pinas (57), Pasig (53), Manila (49), Mandaluyong (44), Makati (38), Caloocan (22), Muntinlupa (21), Malabon (15), Navotas (14), Valenzuela (4), and San Juan (2).
Spurred by this problem, the DOH recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the City Government of Makati establishing a Regional Center for Public Health Leadership and Governance that will be located at the University of Makati (UMAK), Makati City.
Under the MOA, a central monitoring system will link the hospital records of all 17 local government units, which will examine and evaluate maternal deaths and cause of mortalities in Metro Manila.
The Regional Center will also be working in collaboration with the Philippine Blood Center.
"With this joint endeavor, we can lessen the incidence of unnecessary deaths in the region by being able to provide immediate response to emergency cases in all health facilities," said Janairo. (HDT/Sunnex)