BALON DAGUPAN NEWS
AS the nation celebrates the 2017 National Women’s Month, the city kicked-off its activities for women with the holding of the 4th Buntis Day at CSI Stadia on March 7.
Some 700 pregnant mothers attended the Buntis Day facilitated by the City Health Office in collaboration with the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS) and the Pangasinan Medical Society (PMS).
Dr. Sheila Sabado, City Health officer-in-charge, said this year’s Buntis Day provided lectures on prenatal care, breastfeeding and zika virus in line with the theme’s “Kabalikat ni Mommy para sa Malusog na Pagbubuntis.”
Ma. Ellen Leah Macasieb (center) of Barangay Tambac is this year’s Mrs Buntis. Mary Joy Viray (left) of Herrero-Perez iss first runner-up while Mary Rose Pimentel (right) of Carael is second runner-up. The winners received cash prizes and freebies from the sponsors of the event. (CIO photo)
The participants underwent prenatal check up, laboratory urinalysis, ultrasound for indicated cases, and tetanus diphtheria immunization, a process to immune the mother and the baby. They were also enrolled by the city as PhilHealth beneficiaries, a benefit they can use by the time they give birth in the hospital.
The Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society through Dr. Betha Fe M. Castillo, founding president of POGS Region 1, encouraged pregnant mothers especially first time mothers to regularly undergo prenatal check up to prevent possible complications that may endanger their lives and their babies during their pregnancy period.
“We want to take care of our mothers while the baby is still in the uterus, that is why it is a must for mothers to undergo prenatal check up to avoid maternal death resulting from hemorrhage or loss of blood and complications arising from hypertension during pregnancy,” said Castillo.
Castillo pointed out that while there are less cases of mothers succumbing to hemorrhage, there is a rising number of complications arising from hypertension during pregnancy especially for first time mothers.
“All first time mothers are, and those belonging to the age bracket of 35 to 40 years old, are at risk for pre-eclampsia which cannot be avoided but its complications can be prevented through regular prenatal check up,” said Castillo.
In the search for Mrs Buntis 2017, Ma. Ellen Leah Macasieb of Barangay Tambac was crowned as this year’s Mrs Buntis. She was also adjudged as Miss Talent and Miss Elevit. Mary Joy Viray of Herrero-Perez was first runner-up and Mary Rose Pimentel of Carael was second runner-up while Ma. Crisanta Ero of Carael was adjudged as Miss Canestine.
City Administrator Farah Marie G. Decano and Pogo Chico Punong Barangay Dean Bryan L. Kua represented Mayor Belen T. Fernandez. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)