Makati denies DOH report; DOH insists
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Health (DOH) stood pat on its reports that Makati City accounted for 8 of the 50 maternal deaths in Metro Manila last month.
Dr. Eduardo Janairo, director of DOH-National Capital Region, said they got the report from private and public hospitals in Makati. “Sa aming definition, maternal deaths refer to the area where you die. Hindi sa area kung saan ka nakatira.”
The DOH reported last week that 50 mothers have died from pregnancy and delivery complications in Metro Manila, mostly due to hemorrhage or bleeding.
This has raised alarm within the DOH.
Pasig City accounted for 15 deaths while Makati City had 8; Las Piñas (5); Parañaque and Pasay (4 each) and Navotas and Mandaluyong (2 each).
The DOH has not received the reports from other local government units.
But Makati Mayor Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay has denied the DOH claim, saying that there were no maternal deaths in the city.
In a statement, Binay said that based on the records of the Makati Health Department, there were no maternal deaths in the city in January.
“Contrary to what has been reported, there were, in fact, zero deaths of mothers due to childbirth recorded in January of this year. The reports may have caused undue alarm among our residents, and we hope the DOH-NCR would immediately issue an updated report to correct the mistake,” the mayor said. - Rappler.com