ILOILO CITY – Young mothers in Iloilo got maternal assistance from three government hospitals in the province supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAid).
The Program for Young Parents (PYP) pioneered at the Iloilo Provincial Hospital (IPH) in 2014 and eventually expanded at the Balasan District Hospital in Northern Iloilo and Western Visayas Sanitarium of Sta. Barbara.
Dr. Prem Parcon, Director of Iloilo Provincial Hospital (IPH) said the selected maternal services for teenage mothers include prenatal visits, deliveries and postpartum visits.
Tzytel Castro of Pototan, Iloilo was 18 when she got pregnant. At present, she is already married to her boyfriend and are proud parents of a three-year-old girl. Castro was awarded as a PYP Champion of the IPH and in the province as benefactor of the services.
DOH Regional Director Marlyn Convocar is requesting the USAid to expand the program to other areas in Western Visayas that were not covered by the USaid-Engender Health and the Visayas Health Program so that more young and adolescent parents may avail.
AS a result, more teenage moms are given access to a range of services best suited to their needs and ensure better maternal and child health outcomes.
For the long term, it is hoped that the PYP and health zone network will be able to contribute to reducing teen moms with rapid repeat pregnancies. (LCP)