CHO spearheads ‘Buntis Congress’ PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 August 2011 16:09

Some 400 pregnant and breastfeeding women are expected to participate in the Buntis Congress today set at 9:00 AM at the Astoria Plaza with the primary goal of raising awareness among pregnant and would-be pregnant women and their partners on the importance of proper health and nutrition during and after pregnancy.

Organized by the City Health Office in cooperation with the National Nutrition Council and the ABS-CBN-DZMM, the Congress is a day-long event and is the culminating activity for the Nutrition Month celebration. 

The Congress will be highlighted by exhibits and technical sessions on nutrition of pregnant women, including orientations on proper breastfeeding since August 1-6 is World Breastfeeding Week.

Buntis Congress is carried out annually to basically avoid maternal deaths among expectant women. In a worldwide setting, about 600, 000 women are dying due to pregnancy-related complications.

In the Philippines alone, 100-200 maternal deaths were recorded annually.
Here in Zamboanga, there were only 12 cases of maternal mortality in 2009. It reached 29 in 2010 and presently, from January of this year, there were 10 instances recorded.

According to the United Nations Population Fund, the causes of these mortalities were hemorrhage, sepsis or infections, obstructed labor, hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, and complications of unsafe abortion – most of which are preventable with proper diagnosis and intervention.

Officials from the CHO said the higher number of maternal deaths last year can be attributed to complications due to unsafe abortion.

Mayor Celso Lobregat will keynote the Congress which will be followed by the Coronation and Awarding Ceremony of the Search for Model Breastfeeding Mother in the afternoon. — Richard Aliangan/City Hall PIO