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The Department of Health (DOH) is targeting 100% health facility-based delivery to reduce cases of maternal mortality in the country.

mother-childHealth Secretary Janette L. Garin said that mothers should only deliver in a health-care facility including rural health center, birthing clinic, barangay health station, or hospital. Recently, DOH allows nurses to own and operate birthing clinics to help reduce maternal and child mortality cases in the country.

Garin said we should not tolerate and we should not allow birth delivery at home and mothers should give birth only in facility-based centers attended by skilled health personnel to prevent infections and complications.

The DOH official said that PhilHealth (Philippine Health Insurance Corporation) has expanded coverage for birth care delivery and women about to give birth. This is to ensure that women about to give birth shall have financial risk protection during their pregnancy, delivery and post-partum period through their enrollment to the NHIP.

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