LGUs crucial in achieving MDG5, improving maternal health by 2015 – Pres. Aquino

 
Health Secretary Enrique Ona delivers the message of President Benigno S. Aquino during the 162 to 52 Summit: Accelerating Impact on Maternal and Child Health through Local Health System Development at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC)

“With just three years left, the Philippines is behind the target maternal mortality ratio. All sectors, both in the private and public fields, from government partners and civil society, can unite to attain MDG 5,” said President Benigno S. Aquino III in his message delivered by Health Secretary Enrique Ona during the 162 to 52 Summit: Accelerating Impact on Maternal and Child Health through Local Health System Development at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) last April 20, 2012.

The President emphasized the role of local government units (LGUs) in taking the lead towards the attainment of Millennium Development

Goal (MDG) 5 or the reduction of maternal mortality ratio from 162 to 52 per 100,000 live births by 2015.

"The government has spent 15 million pesos for the improvement and construction of health facilities, including health centers with operating rooms, nationwide, to prevent maternal deaths. The Department of Health (DOH) hired more than 20,000 nurses and 7,000 midwives to serve the far-flung areas,” reported Secretary Ona. However, the President still recognized the need to accelerate improvement of the maternal and infant health through strategic and substantive coalition between the LGUs and profit and non-profit sectors. “We need more equipment, we need more medicines, we need more trained and compassionate, committed people to man our hospitals. The more people manning our health facilities means more lives will be saved. Hopefully, through the 162 to 52 Coalition, we can attain better maternal indicators,” said Sec. Ona.

The Department of Health (DOH) spearheads the 162 to 52 Coalition, a multisectoral organization which focuses efforts on accelerating developments in maternal and child health.

”This coalition needs to prosper for us to achieve MDG 5 and reduce maternal mortality. The bottom line, this is not just about saving the lives of people today, we are also saving the lives of our future generation,” the President stressed.