BAYOMBONG — The provincial government’s implementation of Maternal and Child Health Care Program(MCHCP) continue to benefit more Novo Vizcayano mothers and their children.

Governor Ruth Padilla said the number of MCHCP reach has increased from 88.16 percent in 2014 to 91.47 from January to September 2015.

Through the Provincial Health Office(PHO), the provincial government recorded 71.30 percent of women given four or more pre–natal visits while 61.71 percent were given two or more post-natal visits.

“We have gained an increase in facility-based deliveries at 86.5 percent as compared to only 68.24 percent in 2014. With this, we wish to express our gratitude to our health workers for their laudable efforts,” she said.

Padilla said the PHO continues to provide Buntis Sessions from 8 in 2014 and 12 in 2015.

According to Padilla, Infant Mortality Rate dropped from 3.7 percent in 2014 to 2.2 percent during the third quarter of last year while Maternal Mortality Rate is 0.25 percent in 2014 to 0.1 percent in 2015.

As of September 2015, she said infants exclusively breastfed are at 50.16 percent while infants six to eleven months who were given Vitamin A is 6.69 percent.

Padilla also said that there are about 74.01 percent of 1-5 year old children who were given with Vitamin A while the coverage for new born screening is at 86.01 percent. PNA /