Beng backs maternal, child health programs PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 November 2015 10:25

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

Mayor Beng Climaco urged for the implementation of maternal and child care programs to save mothers and children in local communities.

“We want to prevent maternal deaths and we also want to prevent child mortality,” said Climaco to participating health workers of the Maternal and Newborn Child Health and Nutrition Summit Wednesday, November 18.

In her message, Climaco outlined the City’s maternal and child care initiatives which included the Primeriza Congress and the establishment of High-Risk Maternal Clinics. She also highlighted the City’s sixteen BEmONC-accredited (Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care) facilities which helped increase the number of facility-based deliveries in the City.

In line with her thrust on health and advocacy for women and children, Climaco said the City will continue to pursue its maternal and child care goals beyond the 2015 target of the Millennium Development Goals.

“The goals remain and the targets have to be continually met even beyond 2015,” declared Climaco.

The reduction of child mortality and improvement of maternal health are two of the eight objectives of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) for 2015.

Climaco also lauded the front-line health care workers and enjoined them to continue their active role in the implementation of the City’s and the Department of Health’s maternal and child programs.

“We rely on you to give the best assessment, that you will be able to help doctors on the ground to help save lives of mothers and children,” said Climaco. — Jasmine Mohammadsali