DAGUPAN CITY – As the nation celebrates the 2017 National Women’s Month, the city kicked-off its activities for women with the holding of the 4th Buntis Day at CSI Stadia on March 7.


The Buntis Day was facilitated by the City Health Office in collaboration with the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS), the lead organization of National Buntis Day; and the Pangasinan Medical Society (PMS).


This year’s Buntis Day focused on providing lectures on prenatal care, breastfeeding and zika virus in line with the theme’s “Kabalikat ni Mommy para sa Malusog na Pagbubuntis”.


More or less 700 pregnant mothers attended the celebration that underwent prenatal check up, laboratory urinalysis, ultrasound for indicated cases, and tetanus diphtheria immunization, which is a process of immunizing the mother to immunize the baby. They were also enrolled by the city as Philhealth beneficiaries, a benefit   they can use by the time they give birth in the hospital.


“All these services are free for our mothers with some freebies from our sponsors like lactating milk, among others,” said Dr. Sheila Sabado, City Health Officer-in-Charge.


Being the frontrunner of the National Buntis Day, the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society through Dr. Betha Fe M. Castillo, founding president of POGS Region 1, has encouraged all pregnant mother especially first time mothers to regularly undergo prenatal check up to prevent possible complications that may endanger their lives and their babies during their pregnancy period.


“We want to take care of our mothers while the baby is still in the uterus, that  is why it is a must for mothers to undergo prenatal check up to avoid maternal death resulting from hemorrhage or loss of blood and complications arising from hypertension during pregnancy,” said Castillo.


Castillo pointed out that while there are a less number of mothers succumbing to hemorrhage, there are now a rising number of complications arising from hypertension during pregnancy especially for first time mothers.


“All first time mothers are,  and those belonging to the age bracket of 35 to 40 years old, at risk to pre-eclampsia which we cannot avoid but we can prevent its complications through regular prenatal check up,” said Castillo.


In the search for Mrs Buntis 2017, Ma. Ellen Leah Macasieb of Barangay Tambac was crowned as this year’s Mrs Buntis. She was also adjudged as Miss Talent and Miss Elevit.


Mary Joy Viray of Herrero-Perez was first runner-up and Mary Rose Pimentel of Carael was second runner-up while Ma. Crisanta Ero of Carael was adjudged as Miss Canestine.


The winners received cash prizes and freebies from the sponsors of the event. The city also gave Philhealth cards to the 700 pregnant mothers.


City Administrator Farah Marie G. Decano and Pogo Chico Punong Barangay Dean Bryan L. Kua represented Mayor Belen T. Fernandez who is at Dubai attending the Global Cities Summit 2017 from March 7 to 9. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/March 8, 2017)