Parental neglect raises child mortality

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ILOILO CITY: Government officials here are waging a battle against child mortality by strengthening the programs for children, at the same time arresting infant mortality. City mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the programs are centered on mostly neglected children as the city government pursues its covenant with the populace to provide proper health services. Parental neglect was pinpointed as a major cause of child mortality here. The Department of Health recently released its findings indicating that the city was a hot spot for child mortality in 2014, mainly because of unwanted and teenage pregnancies, according to Dr. Mae Delmo, assistant city health officer. The 2014 figure on malnutrition and undernutrition was already lowered down because of interventions with the help of other government and nongovernment agencies. By the end of 2015, statistics showed a significant decrease in malnutrition cases for children less than six years old, Delmo said. The ongoing city programs for children include immunization against rubella, polio and peruses, supplemental feeding program for those under six years, free medicines at health centers, and the strengthening of barangay health workers programs.

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