“Better safe than sorry.”- You probably heard this saying a lot of times since you were a kid. For some, these words started to lose its meaning. But for the others, taking precautions is a serious priority.
Last November 15, 2013, I together with a number of media and bloggers joined an event called 360º of Protection. The topic was shifting the focus on health care for women from treatment to prevention by standardizing health care prevention methods through the most cost effective way.
At the event, Philippines’ Top Obstetrics Gynecologists under the leadership of the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS) presented the current status of Filipino woman and what we should know on women’s health care.
Current Filipino Woman Status
- Male to female population ration is 101:100
- Longer life expectancy: 72.5 years(women) while 67.2 years (men)
- On access to income and being productive: 50% women who work compared to 80% of men
Maternal Health Status
- Out of 3M pregnancies per year: 5% unplanned, 33% end in abortions
- Induced abortion was the 4th leading cause of maternal deaths
- 50% of births occurred and 1/3 of these were assisted by traditional birth attendants
Young Female Population Status
- Overall prevalence of premarital sexual activity increased from 18%-23%
- RH problems: 2x more in females than in males
- Low level of contraceptive use
- 6.3% of females from 15-19 years had begun childbearing (majority poor and from rural areas)
- teenage pregnancies accounted for 17% induced abortion cases
Major Causes of Maternal Deaths in the Philippines
- postpartum hemorrhage
- severe infection
- Induced abortion
You see, statistics can be pretty alarming. But the bigger issue (I see) here is deeper understanding of the problem- which we used to ignore unless we experience it ourselves, right? The thing is, why wait to cure a disease when we can prevent it in the first place.
Women immunization is an effective preventive strategy against maternal death and other killer diseases such as cervical cancer, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.
How do we do this?
- Be informed
- Get screened
- Get vaccinated
- Share this to your lovedones
Remember, better safe than sorry. Take the 360º of Protection for effective health care NOW!