‘Buntis Congress’ in Ilocos Norte highlights maternal health care

  • March 15, 2017
  • Ma. Joreina Therese A. Blanco

LAOAG CITY, March 15 (PIA) – In celebration of National Women’s Month in March, the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS) hosted a “Buntis Congress” at the Laoag Centennial Arena last March 10.


More than 500 pregnant Ilocano women who joined the congress listened to talks on maternal health care while a simultaneous medical-dental checkup was ongoing.


To provide pregnant women with access to health care services, free laboratory tests were done such as the complete blood count (CBC), urine analysis, and checking of the vital signs and body mass index (BMI).


Medical practitioners from the Philippine Society of Pathologists, Philippine Red Cross, and Association of Medical Technologists supported the said maternal health movement.


True to the event’s theme this year, “POGS Kabalikat ni Mommy para sa Malusog na Pagbubuntis,” the program laid down tips on the importance of pre-natal care for a healthy pregnancy.


“We want to teach them to take care of themselves, what they can do during the pre-natal period… that will guide them kung ano ang mga dapat gawin during pregnancy to bring out a healthy baby.”


In line with the protection and care for pregnant women, POGS expressed its support on the Senate Bill (SB) 1305 or the Expanded Maternity Leave Act. The bill also seeks to help single mothers.


Also, included in the forum is POGS’ advocacy on “Adolescent Health Issues and Perspectives” which aims to educate students and parents on the ill-effects of teenage pregnancy and early sexual experience. (JNPD/MJTAB/PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)


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