AGUINALDO, Ifugao -- The Aguinaldo People's Hospital was recently chosen by the Newborn Screening Reference Center, National Institute of Health-Philippines and the University of the Philippines as among the recipients of Outstanding Newborn Screening award.
The APH was conferred in Baguio City, October 30, in recognition of the effective implementation of a health system protecting newborn babies.
Republic Act 9288 established the National Comprehensive Newborn Screening System to ensure every baby born in the Philippines is offered NBS for certain heritable conditions which may result in mental retardation, serious health complications or death if left unattended.
Despite located in a remote town of the province, the APH is keenly aware of the benefits of this program advocated and institutionalized it in the health center.
The APH reported all babies born in and outside the hospital were taken with blood samples within the ideal time of screening and promptly sent to the NBS center in Santiago City in Isabela or Lagawe, Ifugao.
“Despite the distance in transporting samples, these [blood samples] reached the NBSC on time due to the close networking between the institution and the community specifically the bus operators who handled said samples sent for mailing,” the APH stated. (Marcelo Lihgawon/with Josefina Lihoc)