MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Aug. 21 (PIA) --- Dr. Alinader Minalang, chief of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) reminded pregnant women to have regular prenatal care to keep them and their babies healthy.
Pregnant moms should have regular prenatal check-up, at least four visits to health centers during the duration of their pregnancy so that doctors can detect and treat health problems early, Minalang said during the "Health Fair and Buntis Party" held on August 19 in Ditsaan-Ramain, this province.
He said 110 mothers die of pregnancy-related complications everyday and one of the major causes of this is hypertension during pregnancy.
Minalang said problems with blood pressure during pregnancy can be controlled with regular prenatal check-up.
In addition to prenatal care, he said maternal mortality can also be prevented if pregnant women will give birth in health facilities attended by skilled birth attendant.
Minalang also emphasized the importance of family planning in addressing maternal mortality.
He said 40 percent of maternal deaths can be prevented with a good family planning program.
“The reproductive organ of mothers can have time to recover for every pregnancy with proper family planning because of the birth spacing,” he said.
He said this can also lessen the possibility of post partum hemorrhage, a condition of excessive bleeding following child birth. (APB/PIA-10)