OFFICIALS of the municipality of Tublay are stepping up efforts to institutionalize basic emergency maternity and newborn care (BEMONC) through a facility called Project "Ajuwan," a local term that means to care for.

Councilor Wilfredo Diano, member of the Committee on Health, said the BEMONC facility at the Municipal Rural Health Unit (RHU) in Acop, Caponga, is already equipped with facilities provided by the Department of Health through the Health Facility Equipment Program.

The facility is supervised and under the control of the RHU with staff complement headed by Municipal Health officer Dr. Marcela Tinoyan.

Philhealth has also accredited the RHU for the granting of maternity care packages.

The Tublay Municipal Council has passed an ordinance institutionalizing the Maternal Neonatal Child Health and Nutrition program.

The ordinance is in support of an administrative order calling for the Rapid Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality and the Implementation of the Maternal Newborn and Child Health and National Strategy. (Susan Aro)