Issue on Child and Maternal Health Care

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Cherry Ann Z. Jara

“Ang Ina”

“ ‘Ang Ina’ relates two facets of maternal health : child health and single motherhood. The glimpse into maternal and child care takes into consideration that there are social, political,economic, cultural and environmental factors that serve as barriers to raising healthy, positive children. Then, the story focuses on the trials of motherhood and single parenting.”

These were the exact lines written on the synopsis of the video- documentary. Truly, several factors are contributing to the multiple burdens of mothers when the issue of maternal health and child care is concerned. As mentioned above, one of these factors is in the social aspect; mothers of today are at risks during child birth due to hemorrhage (the topmost cause of death among mothers) where uterus is not contracting firmly after delivery. In some cases, there is a retained blood clot inside the uterus which disallows a firm, tight contraction. Manually expressing the blood clot by squeezing the fundus will usually control bleeding from this source. Statistical study shows that 230 women for every 100,000 live births die because of this maternal occurence. Countless mothers are losing their lives in just a single glimpse without given the chance to fight. What made it more sorrowful is the fact that this sudden death would yield a great effect on the child’s development. It’s hard to live without a mother; no one would pamper you and comfort you in everyday living.

After this social aspect enters the political and economic phases. This two are somewhat related because they tackle same issue of maternal and child resources. Unfortunately, child and maternal health care in the country is not the top priority project of the government. There are lesser number of midwives, lesser facilities and expensive hospital bills that an ordinary man can hardly afford. The government keeps on building infrastructures, implementing laws trying to alleviate the economic status of the country yet the problem on health care is given less importance. More and more women are suffering and more and more children are neglected. More women today are experiencing inaccessibility to the resources which makes labor more difficult to handle. Even the newborn screening which is one of the helpful tools that would aid mothers to detect mental ailment which may later developed in the child is very limited and insufficient. Ironically, health centers in remote areas are often not prioritized in giving the proper allocation of the technology where more cases of infantile mortality are being reported.

The government today is more focused on the economic upheaval of the state but if we would view it beyond what is happening now, nothing much has really changed for us. The higher officials keep on imposing those laws that are heavy on words but poor on substance and vision. We are rigidly doomed with crisis and this promise of change still remains a phantasm. The country is not going anywhere.

“Health is Wealth” as they say, so how does this country of ours would achieve wealth if people here are too lame to perform the necessary obligations?

Child and maternal health care and economic prosperity are correlated. When people in this country are sick, prosperity would remain a fantasy but if people are active and healthy enough to do the necessary actions, prosperity would be gained and achieved. This two are equal entities just like corruption and peace and order in the country. They should be given equal importance to achieve the greater good. We can’t tell that the one who you dispossessed of his right to live is the one who would uplift this country from misery and solve the problem of this ill-fated economy.

Aside from the government deprivation of child and maternal health care, cultural factors inhibit the same issue. Many regions in the country are practicing “indigenous” habits in such a way that these should be followed...
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