THE City Health Office (CHO) expressed concern over the five maternal deaths recorded in Davao City for January 2023 alone.
During the Kapihan sa PIA press conference on April 28, CHO head Dr. Marjorie Culas said if the trend persists in the coming months, Davao City could have 60 maternal deaths for 2023, which is significantly higher than the 25 deaths last year.
Culas said the factors behind maternal deaths were different, some had existing comorbidities while others developed complications during pregnancy.
“Ang atong data shows na daghan namatay in 2022. Ang nakabalaka sa ako, January pa lang lima na (The data shows that we have a high number last 2022. It’s worrying that we already have five deaths in January alone). Imagine, if five deaths in a month, that’s 60 deaths in a year. That’s very high, ma-surpass ang limit. Dili nato na gusto mahitabo (We don't want that to happen),” she said.
Culas added that they are waiting for the maternal death report for February and March.
With this, the CHO actively monitors the pregnancies and data from hospitals and barangays in order to keep track of the status of pregnant women in Davao City.
Dr. Julinda Acosta, Chief Technical Services Division of CHO, said they employ grassroots strategies such as pregnancy tracking within communities.
“The volunteers sa ilang komunidad, kabalo gyod sila pila kabook ang buntis dinha para ma-counsel nila at ma-awhag nila nga muadto sa health center for the quality prenatal check up na ginahatag sa CHO (The volunteers would know how many are pregnant in their communities. They encourage pregnant women to go to health centers to receive quality prenatal check ups from CHO),” she said.
In addition, various counseling since are also provided to avoid risky pregnancies, such as teenage pregnancies, mature pregnancies, and consecutive pregnancies. ICM