June 21, 2024

Pinsao and Atok Trail health centers, two of the three district health centers granted licenses to operate as birthing clinics in the city, have recorded their first deliveries last year.
City Health Services Office Maternal Neonatal Child Nutrition Coordinator Medical Officer IV Maria Alice Torres said the Pinsao health facility under Dr. Elvira Belingon posted its first successful delivery of a bouncing baby girl last Nov. 28, 2022, only two weeks after securing its license on Nov. 14, 2022.
This was followed on Dec. 2, 2022 by the birth of another baby girl. Both were normal spontaneous delivery.
A third admission was referred to a higher level facility due to prolonged rupture of membranes.
For Atok Trail under Dr. Kea Basbasan who took over from recently retired Dr. Catherine Posadas, one birth was recorded. 
The patients enjoyed complete package from pre-natal check-up to postpartum care, first immunizations at birth (BCG and hepatitis B), and newborn screening as coordinated with other clinics with kits.
Torres said Atok Trail and Irisan under Dr. Vanessa Fagcangan were the first health centers granted birthing license in 2019 but due to the pandemic, the service was not implemented.
She said five more district health centers are in line for birthing licensure as part of the thrust to expand the services of the district health centers as primary health care providers. – Aileen P. Refuerzo