Indigent mothers get free tubal ligation and subdermal implant
Bongao, Tawi-Tawi (09 November 2014)- The Department of Health in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOH-ARMM) is providing free tubal ligation and subdermal contraceptive implant to help safeguard the health of mothers and wellbeing of families in indigent communities in Tawi-Tawi.
In partnership with the MindanaoHealth- JHPIEGO, an international non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University, DOH-ARMM conducted separate medical operations in the towns of Sapa-Sapa and Bongao, catering a total of 111 mothers, over the weekend.
Dayang Carlsum Jumaide, DOH-ARMM assistant secretary, said the free medical procedure is intended to help safeguard the health of mothers and their children.
“We want to improve maternal and child health and nutrition by increasing contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) in the region,” she said.
CPR is the percentage of women of reproductive age that use family planning method. It has been shown to have significant bearing on maternal and child health.
Doctors from DOH-ARMM and MindanaoHealth have already administered 19 tubal ligations and 92 subdermal implantations.
In a small fishing village in Tandubas Island, housewife and mother of 14, Mosawa Malali, 39, and her seaweeds farmer husband are finding it very hard to make ends meet.
Speaking in vernacular she said looking after 14 children has been very difficult for her.
“Most of my children have to drop out of school to help earn for us,” she said.
Family planning methods like tubal ligation and subdermal implant remain inaccessible to women like Mosawa, with procedures usually costing around P15, 000 to P20, 000 for tubal ligation and around P4, 500 subdermal implantation.
“I’m really thankful that DOH-ARMM has given us this help,” Mosawa said. (Bureau of Public Information)