DAGUPAN CITY – More than 500 pregnant women here benefited from free pre-natal check- up and other medical services offered during the observance of the Buntis Day last March 10 at the CSI Stadia.
The activity was conducted by the Pangasinan Medical Society (PMS) and the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS) regional chapter through the city government of Dagupan headed by Mayor Belen Fernandez as part of the observance of the Women's Month this March.
Dr. Betha Fe Manaois-Castillo, PMS president, said the program was part of the nationwide campaign on safe pregnancy and responsible parenthood.
This is in line with the organization’s focus on decreasing maternal morbidity and mortality through the education of pregnant mothers on various health topics.
“Buntis Day is also a celebration of motherhood and recognizing their important role in the community. This is their day to be taken care of,” said Castillo during the activity.
Services offered included laboratory tests such as urinalysis, blood sugar testing, and ultrasound examination.
Some 100 women also underwent free breast and cervical cancer screenings, while specialists conducted lectures on pre-natal care, nutrition, and breastfeeding.
A “Mrs. Buntis” pageant was also held where pregnant participants showed their beauty and talents.
Mayor Fernandez said the local government considers maternal and infant health as one of the top priorities under her Alagang Balon Dagupan program.
These include providing quality medical services and PhilHealth cards to pregnant women as part of the strategy to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.