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Pregnant women must give birth in hospital, says Pangasinan Gov

Dagupan City (12 February) -- All pregnant women in Pangasinan must give birth in hospitals to avoid risks of doing so at home, the provincial executive stressed Monday.

Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr., in his speech during the groundbreaking of the Sta. Barbara Maternity and Lying-in Hospital, said that the goal of the province is to increase the number of pregnant women patronizing various government medical facilities to further safeguard their safety and avoid the risks of giving birth at home.

He noted than only 25 percent of pregnant women in the province give birth at hospitals. "It is our goal that all pregnant women in the province must give birth in the hospitals", he said. All pregnant women will invariably receive competent care and attention in a government birthing facility, he added.

The governor instructed all pregnant women to get in touch with their barangay health workers or their barangay captain as to when they are about to give birth so that proper action must be done.

All barangays, he said, are now equipped with wireless phones to provide easier access to communication. "The concerned barangay captain will be the one who will contact the hospital so that these pregnant women can be fetched directly from their house to the hospital thru the use of the ambulances that we have earlier distributed to all the government hospitals in Pangasinan," he explained.

This will be a big relief for mothers who will give birth via Caesarian delivery because they will be provided with immediate transportation on their way to the nearest district or provincial hospital, he also said.

Espino likewise assured all Pangasinenses that the present administration will not stop until it has realized its goal of transforming Pangasinan as the "healthiest province" in the country.

The provincial chief executive turned over P1 million to Sta. Barbara Mayor Reynaldo Velasco as the province's counterpart fund for the establishment of the hospital. (PIO/PIA Pangasinan/dos) [top]

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