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Solon reiterates call for more health centers in countryside 04/25/2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

Solon reiterates call for more health centers in countryside

04/25/2011
Sen. Edgardo Angara reiterated his call for the creation of more health centers in the countryside, which he believes would dramatically decrease the high infant mortality rate in the country.

According to Lancet, a global medical journal, more than 2 million babies are stillborn each year throughout the globe — and about half could have been prevented with proper health care during the pregnancy. The study further explained that most of these stillbirths were caused by delivery complications, infections, and congenital abnormalities.

“Unfortunately, this is commonplace in developing countries like the Philippines. Due to the dearth of health care facilities and qualified medical professionals in the province, expectant mothers skip regular checkups which might detect curable and preventable illnesses in the unborn baby,” Angara said.

Angara authored Senate Bill 2629, the Community Health Delivery and Health Team Placement Act, which seeks to establish Rural Health Centers in every town and barangay. This Local Health Unit shall be manned by at least four medical professionals..... MORE

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