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Pregnant women in evac centers given pre-, post-natal care: DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) has instituted standard procedures in managing pregnant women in evacuation centers for people displaced by the hostilities in Marawi City, to achieve zero maternal and infant death, its spokesperson said Tuesday.

In an interview, Dr. Eric Tayag said the department gives priority to the health needs of pregnant women in evacuation centers.

"Kaya sinisiguro natin na yung pangangailangan nila -- prenatal, panganganak at postnatal -- ay maibibigay namin (That is why we make sure that their prenatal, birthing and postnatal needs are met)," Tayag said.

He said they advice women on the third trimester of their pregnancy to proceed or stay near a hospital to ensure their safe delivery.

Doctors, he noted, are wary of common birthing challenges, such as severe bleeding during childbirth, high blood pressure during pregnancy that could lead to pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, infections and other complications, which would be difficult to deal with in evacuation centers, hence their advice for heavily pregnant women to proceed to hospitals.

He said the department, in cooperation with partner international organizations, is considering the setup of birthing stations near evacuation centers for pregnant women who do not want to go to hospitals.

He however noted that they have so far not seen the need to put up such stations as pregnant women have heeded their advice to proceed to hospitals.