• DOH-ARMM reports improvement in maternal, child health care

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    COTABATO CITY: The Department of Health (DOH) noted a big improvement in maternal and child health care in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with mortality rates falling by one-fourth percent.

    Records showed that maternal mortality rate dropped to 66 percent per 100,000 live births in 2013 compared 245 per 100,000 live births in 2008. This is far lower than the national rate of 152 per 100,000 live births.

    Infant mortality rate, on the other hand, fell to 16 per 1,000 live births last year compared to 55 per 1,000 live births in 2008.

    DOH-ARMM Assistant Secretary Dayang Jumaide made the report as part of the upcoming evaluation in maternal and child health care for two of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets of the ARMM government.

    MDGs are eight international development goals set by the United Nations to be attained in 2015 following a summit member states in 2000. It includes the reduction of child mortality and improvement of maternal health.

    ARMM Health Secretary Dr. Kadil Sinolinding Jr. attributed the improvement to the wide use techniques such as Active Management of Third Stage Labor (AMTFL) and Essential Intra-partum Newborn Care (EINC) and on the deployment of additional health personnel, rehabilitation and construction of health infrastructures, delivery of equipment and enhancement of skills through training.

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