LAOAG CITY — About 1,400 Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) are set to undergo training on safe motherhood following a reported five maternal deaths last year.

Dr. Josephine Ruedas, Officer-in-Charge of the Provincial Health Office (PHO), said that based on maternal death review conducted recently, the cause of death is somehow related to “early motherhood resulting to high risk pregnancy.”

“No matter how we want to avoid maternal deaths, there are certain circumstances that are beyond our control. So, this 2016, we aim to have zero casualty related to pregnancy,” Ruedas said on Monday, citing there were two casualties in Laoag City and one each in the municipalities of Pasuquin, Pinili and Piddig.

To improve maternal as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target this year, the safe motherhood training is expected to train more BHWs and educate mothers to take good care of their health during and after pregnancy.

“Another concern is the lack of blood supply. So, we recommend that an expectant mother should plan ahead where to get blood in case of emergency and a provision of ready vehicle for those who are living in the remote areas. We should also regularly visit the rural health clinic to preempt any untoward incident,”she added.

As part of the information and education campaign to promote safe motherhood, the PHO in cooperation with the Philippine National Red Cross is encouraging more volunteer blood donors to help save a life. PNA/northboundasia.com