PALO, Leyte- About 39 hospitals in the region have been surveyed by the Commission on Population (Popcom) to re-evaluate the availability of reproductive health (RH) services for its clients.
Popcom Regional Director Elnora Pulma said hospitals were asked about the available reproductive health services, human resource, equipment and instruments, and physical plant.
Pulma said facilities that are found to have RH services available and regularly accessible can expect to have increased number of individuals who want those services.
Pulma added that hospitals with gaps in one or more areas of RH services delivery may be reassessed for appropriate assistance by the Department of Health (DOH) or other agencies.
“By mapping available RH services, the survey will improve the linkage of the couples with unmet need with services available in their identified service delivery networks (SDNs),” Pulma said.
Popcom is currently lending its strong support to the attainment of Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (KP) throughout the country.
A key element to achieve KP is the attainment of the Philippine target for the reduction of maternal mortality to one-third by 2015.
This is a Millennium Development Goal which can be achieved by improving the contraceptive prevalence rate for modern methods leading to a reduction of the unmet need for reproductive health services.