Villar seeks to improve the availability of healthcare services for mothers

Villar seeks to improve the availability of healthcare services for mothers

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — Senator Mark Villar introduced a measure to increase the accessibility of healthcare services before, during, and after childbirth in response to recent data on the rising rates of maternal and infant mortalities.

The purpose of Senate Bill No. 1416, also known as An Act Safeguarding the Health of Filipino Mothers at the Time of Their Childbirth, Providing Protective Mechanism Therefor, and for Other Purposes, is to protect women’s health and welfare both during pregnancy and childbirth.

Villar said he filed the bill as he recognizes how difficult the role of a mother is, especially during pregnancy and delivery.

“Totoo po na nasa hukay ang isang paa ng manganganak. Kaya mahalaga na nabibigyan sila ng kinakailangan na tulong. Every child deserves safe delivery at the time of birth and every mother deserves to have a quality healthcare for a safe pregnancy and delivery,” Villar said.

Under the proposed measure, the local government units (LGUs) shall encourage facility-based delivery among all women.

Further, no maternal hospital, clinic, health center, lying-in, midwifery facility, or similar center, whether public or private shall deny or refuse to assist, admit, or accept the entry of a mother at the time of childbirth.

“Sa aking inihaing panukalang batas, layon nito na magbigay ng komprehensibo at epektibong serbisyong pangkalusugan para sa ating mga nanay, bago, habang at pagkatapos nila manganak. Naniniwala ako na kahit ano man ang estado ng manganganak na ina, siya ay dapat tanggapin ng health facility at siya ay nakakatanggap ng nararapat na serbisyo at tulong mula sa gobyerno,” Villar said. (ai/mtvn)

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