Celso leads launching of ‘Primeriza’ program PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 March 2013 11:19

Mayor Celso Lobregat and City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos led in the launching of “Primeriza” program for pregnant mothers during the breastfeeding and buntis assembly yesterday morning at a local hotel.

The assembly was attended by more than 300 breastfeeding and pregnant mothers from the different barangays.

Dr. Agbulos said the program aims to reduce maternal mortality rate in compliance with the United Nations Millennium Development Goal by 2015, giving focus on prenatal care and nutrition of pregnant and lactating mothers.

“We are going to give series of lectures and information dissemination to Primeriza patients. We will give free vitamins, free immunization and free ultrasound at least once for the entire pregnancy,” Agbulos explained.

He added that the program will also target the participation of fathers/husbands, believing that the success of a woman’s pregnancy depends to a large extent on the involvement and concern of the father or husband.

According to the city health officer, the Primeriza program will be pilot-tested in the city’s three districts in the east coast, west coast and central part of the city. After two months, the program’s implementation will be assessed and if successful it will be implemented in the 98 barangays of the city.

But even before the Primeriza program can be implemented, Agbulos said, the city’s maternal mortality rate had already reduced in 2012 from the usual 30+ to 20.

He attributed the decrease to the city government’s efforts in rehabilitating and expanding barangay health centers and lying-in clinics coupled with the year-round implementation of nutrition program for pregnant and lactating women. — Vic Larato