Soon-to-be-mommies from 21 barangays in San Fernando town benefited from the 2016 “Buntis” Congress held last July 29.
The participants, mostly on their first trimester, were provided with prenatal package that includes blood typing, complete blood count (CBC) test, urinalysis and hepatitis B screening.
San Fernando Mayor Lakambi Reluya, through the local health office, initiated the event in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Rural Health Unit.
“Buntis” Congress stresses the importance of proper maternal health care, facility-based delivery and breastfeeding.
“We are encouraging pregnant women to have their delivery in the hospitals to avoid infections and complications especially to the babies,” said municipal doctor Dr. Alfredo Manugas.
Dr. Camille Peñalosa, DOH lecturer, emphasized the importance of balanced and varied diet and the right amount of vitamins and minerals pregnant women need. A healthy diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle especially for pregnant women or those planning a pregnancy.
Eating healthily foods during pregnancy will help the baby to develop and grow.
As far as she could remember, Ermie Remeticado, 37, expressed it was the first Buntis Congress she attended in their town.
“Sukad nga sukad, karon pa gyud ko makahinumdom nga naay ingon ani nga kalihukan nga alang gyud sa mga gasabak,” she said.
Aside from the free laboratory examination, soon-to-be-mommies were also given basic labor and delivery kits. Each kit includes alcohol, cotton buds, wet wipes, receiving blankets, feminine wash, pillows, baby and adult diapers. (Cris Lanie delos Reyes)