City reopens birthing clinic


ROXAS City — The city government reopened its birthing clinic at the City Health Office (CHO) on Inzo Arnaldo Village here yesterday.

The birthing clinic, which will be open 24/7, will be manned by 11 personnel, including Dr. Madeline Bucayan as chief.

Other members of the staff are Marissa Barrios, Teresita del Rosario, Aileen Oliver, Melrose Asis, Crisna Salvie Besa, Rosemarie Jumpay, Jerlynne Silvera, Lauren Joy Deo, Heidi del Rosario and Mignom Bermejo.

Mayor Angel Alan Celino led the reopening of the facility.

Councilor Emmanuel Billones Jr., Executive Assistant Jericho Celino and other city health officials were also present.

Celino assured that the city government will fully support the needs of the clinic.

He said there will be a stand-by ambulance to be used in case for emergency.

Bucayan said the birthing clinic was constructed in response to the city’s high mortality rate.

With only a two-bed capacity, the clinic started operating in 2007. There were about 27 deliveries that year.

In 2008, the clinic facilitated 480 deliveries and the following year, 418.

The clinic stopped operating when the city government started renovating its area in November 2009.
The facility currently has a 10-bed capacity, equipped with facilities and trained staff, she said, adding that it also offers neo-born care and maternal and child packages./PN

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