Women who suspect they may be pregnant should schedule a visit to their health care provider to begin prenatal care. The importance of a quality prenatal care, consisting of at least 4 prenatal visits, has been emphasized in the community repeatedly over the course of the immersion of the medical students.
In coordination with the Rural Health Unit of the Municipality of Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte, a monthly prenatal service is being extended to the community every third Thursday of the month. One health care provider from the RHU visits the Barangay Health Station where prenatal consultation is held. Services offered includes, but not limited to, Tetanus Toxoid immunization, weighing, and distribution of supplements.
From 41% to 100% rate of quality prenatal care in the community over the span of almost three years, a great improvement in the number of pregnant women visiting for prenatal service can be observed. This can only be achieved through the synergetic effect of fervent information dissemination and the great efforts of the RHU.
Today, the importance of maternal health has become more recognized both by the government and its people thus the allocation of more attention to the matter. Mothers are the nurturers of the community therefore ensuring their health is also ensuring the health of the community.
Fatimah Efthihar Karanain