ArchivesAugust 2010PopCom lauds NegOr for 1st RH ordinance in CV

PopCom lauds NegOr for 1st RH ordinance in CV

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Negros Oriental is the first province in Central Visayas to pass a Reproductive Health Ordinance that supports the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to reduce maternal and infant mortality rate.{{more}}

Population Commission (PopCom) Regional Director Leo Rama, in a Kapihan sa PIA forum, lauded the local government unit of Negros Oriental for responding the need to protect the lives and health rights of women and infants.

Rama said that in 2008, 31 babies died before their first birthday; 22 infants died within a month after birth in Central Visayas; while in the Philippines 3,700 women died due to births and miscarriages and some 1,600 of these women had not wanted to become pregnant.

PopCom Director said although abortion is illegal in the Philippines, many women resort to abortion to meet their family-size goals or due to unwanted pregnancy. He cited a ten-year-old study which revealed that the abortion rate in Central Visayas increased from 6 in 1994 to 24 in 2000.

With these, the PopCom official pointed out the lack of approve education and low practice of family planning methods both natural and contraceptives among women.

Rama said among the reasons cited by women why they are not using any contraceptives because of their husband’s objection, concerns about side effects, and the bahala na attitude.

The PopCom in partnership with Department of Health and service providers continue to influence couples to adopt natural family planning through responsible parenting.

The National Family Planning (NFP) program of the government refers to the practice of achieving or avoiding pregnancies according to an informed awareness of a woman’s fertility.

It provides a medically safe, healthy, highly effective and very low cost method of family planning. It is convenient because no birth control devices are used and it is morally acceptable.
The accepted NFP methods such as Sympto-Thermal Method, Standard Days Method (SDM) Two-Day Method, Ovulation Method or Cervical Mucus Method, Basal Body Temperature (BBT) and Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM).

Reproductive Health is not just about a simple contraceptive issue but it is more about giving the people, both men and women, the right to choose a way on how to protect themselves, their health and on how to plan their family by providing them access to wider health care services. (PIA/JCT)

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