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ComVal to ban unlicensed 'hilots'

Davao City (1 November) -- Compostela Valley Governor Arturo "Chiongkee" Uy is banning untrained birth attendants or manghihilot as part of comprehensive health care program for children and mothers.

Uy said he would ask the Provincial Board to pass an ordinance imposing regulations on birth attendants even as infant mortality rate is slight, during his State of the Children's Report held on Wednesday during culminating activities of Children Month.

The Governor noted that most of the infant deaths were delivered at home, with pneumonia and diarrhea as top causes. Records show a slight increase in infant mortality rates in the province, 16 per 1000 live births in 2006 and 18 in 2007.

I would be asking the Provincial Board to pass an ordinance to control if not prevent unskilled birth attendants, he said in the report delivered at the Provincial Capitol in Nabunturan.

Uy said pregnant women would also be of special concern also noting severe increase in maternal deaths, which stood at 102 per 100,000 population in 2006 and 206 in 2007. The governor traced the increase to home deliveries at 68 percent, with only 32 pregnant mothers going to government health facilities; and lack or poor quality pre-natal and post-natal care.

In his report, Uy said the provincial government efforts at promoting child-friendly programs are anchored on the Four Gifts for Children: Local Development Plan for Children, Local Investment Plan, Local Code for Children and the Local State of Children's Report.

We have a responsibility to deliver basic social services and ensure the sustainability of children's welfare program, he said.

The Local Development Plan for Children is our blueprint of actions and interventions for children's rights. The Local Investment Plan would identify available resources which can be tapped to finance projects for children. A Local Code for Children protects children's rights, said Uy in explaining the package of child-centered initiatives. (pgo ids comval-PIA XI) [top]

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