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The 2010 CBMS-Tabaco Survey recorded three cases of death due to pregnancy-related causes in Tabaco City, particularly in Barangays Bombon, San Vicente and Rawis (San Miguel Island).

In just two years after the CBMS reported the maternal deaths, two lying-in clinics have been constructed and readied to prevent these unfortunate events. These clinics are the Mother and Child K-linik in San Antonio and the San Miguel Lying-in K-linik in San Miguel Island, which were opened on April 11 and June 26, 2012 respectively.

The San Miguel Island Lying-In K-linik is adjacent to Rawis, while the Mother and Child K-linik is a neighbouring barangay of San Vicente. These two clinics were strategically placed near the barangays where previous pregnancy-related deaths have occurred to avoid the recurrence of the same incidents in these areas. Data from the 2010 CBMS show that the upland and island barangays have less access to emergency obstetric care services which may have contributed to the maternal mortality from these areas.

“Naibsan na ang panganib lalo na para sa mga nanganganak sa mga alanganing oras [Danger has already been reduced especially for those giving birth during the wee hours of the night],” said Eden Samodio, a 43 year-old mom of Barangay Visita. She is one of the moms in the island who are sighing with relief with the thought that finally, they already have their very own lying-in clinic to attend to mothers, mothers-to-be and their little ones.

Besides attending to would-be moms, the San Miguel Island Lying-In K-linik, will soon be a fully-equipped pseudo-hospital in San Miguel Island, which will cater to the whole family’s medical and dental needs and to emergency cases.

Dr. Dante Mirasol, a general physician from the city health unit is assigned to San Miguel Island Lying-In K-linik. He is assisted by twelve staff personnel with five (5) registered midwives, one permanent nurse and three RN Heals nurses, and five (5) utility workers and clerks. After a month of its establishment, eleven birth deliveries have already been served by this clinic. Another physician will be coming in around August 16, 2012.

The San Antonio Mother and Child K-linik, on the other hand, is staffed with thirteen (13) personnel, with Dr. Aida Crucis as the Center Chief. This is to provide accessible professional maternal and childcare services to the fourteen (14) upland barangays of Tabaco City.

Just recently, the Mother and Child K-linik has also received its Philhealth Certificate of Eligibility to Participate, making it possible for the patients who are Philhealth members, to avail of the Philhealth maternity care benefit package at the clinic. The Mother and Child K-linik was also visited by Philhealth and Department of Health officials headed by Philhealth President and CEO Dr. Eduardo Banzon and Assistant Secretary Gerardo Bayugo during the national launch of the Primary Care Benefit I Package in Tabaco City. The clinic was also honored by the visit of the Country Representative of the UNFPA, Yugochi Daniels and United Nations Millennium Campaign director Dulce Saret.

Other consultation services offered in these clinics are: dental services, family planning, nutrition, immunization, physical examination, treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases, issuance of medical certificates, assistance in medico-legal cases, and, laboratory services (complete blood count, platelet count, blood typing, urine and stool test).

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