Some 300 pregnant women availed of the services offered in the 17th Buntis Congress which was held in Umingan town on August 30.
A partnership between the provincial government and the local government unit concerned, the services offered through the Provincial Health Office (PHO) led by Dr. Anna Maria Teresa De Guzman during the one-day activity include free pre-natal care/consultation, risk assessment consultations, dental services, laboratory tests, ultrasound, cervical cancer screening, information education, beauty and wellness services notably haircut and foot spa.
David Gurion, Eastern Pangasinan District Hospital (EPDH) chief who spoke on behalf of the provincial government, stated the importance of the project which is anchored on safe motherhood and responsible parenthood, as well.
“Layunin po ng proyektong ito na itaas ang antas o karunungan ng mga ina sa safe motherhood,” Dr. Gurion said as he emphasized that the right spacing for child bearing must be at least three to five years to ensure proper health of the expectant mother and the life in her womb.
Furthermore, Dr. Gurion urged all expectant mothers to patronize the services of public health facilities which are Philhealth-accredited based like the rural health units, government hospitals and birthing stations and refrain from giving birth at home.
During the activity, the pregnant women were provided with Buntis Kits/ Maternal Kits containing supplies that will be used during their delivery.
PhilHealth consultation is another added feature of the activity where participants were able to derived inquiries regarding health insurance benefits.
It can be recalled that Buntis Congress was launched in 2012 under the stewardship of former governor and 5th district representative Amado T. Espino. Jr. in consonance with the province’s move for millennium development goals which highlighted improved maternal health and reducing the number of Filipino women dying from complications during childbirth.
Hence, as a directive of the Espino administration that sought to encourage Pangasinense mothers to avail of facility-based deliveries in hospitals to assure proper medication and attention be given to them before, during and after delivery.
Lectures on reproductive health, responsible parenthood, family planning, HIV/AIDS, livelihood (for fathers/heads of family) were also undertaken by PHO representatives.
Among those who also graced the opening program of the 17th conduct of Buntis Congress were: Umingan Mayor Michael Carleone Cruz, Umingan Community Hospital Chief Julian Rose, Municipal Health Officer Michael Trinidad and others. (Ruby R. Bernardino / Photo by Meinard Sadim)