The Negros Oriental provincial government has set aside funds to equip the Bayawan City District Hospital with a Comprehensive Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care (CEMONC).

This was announced by Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo in a recent medical mission held in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental as he disclosed that construction of said facility worth P18 million will start soon.


The move is in line with the provincial government’s efforts to reduce the maternal and child mortality rate in the province while improving the health services at the Bayawan District Hospital, said Degamo.

Data from the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) show that the number of infant deaths slightly rose in 2010 with 153 deaths or 6.26% from 145 or 5.75% recorded in 2009.

Maternal mortality, on the other hand, dropped from 29 deaths or 115.7% in 2009 to 24 or 98.17% in 2010.

Gov. Degamo recently led the medical team that held a mobile surgical and medical mission at the Bayawan District  Hospital.

The four-day medical mission held November 16 to 19, 2011 brought various health services not only for Bayawan City residents but also from the neighboring towns of Sta. Catalina and Basay. (RMN/PIA Negros Oriental)