Councilor Angela Librado-Trinidad, during the Kapihan sa
The city government, however, has not prioritized the move, she lamented.
The city’s Human Resources Management Office has refused to give its nod on the project, which was endorsed by the Local Health Board.
She said according to a CHO proposal, it will house at least 11 personnel to include not only doctors and midwives but also psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.
Trinidad said the lying-in clinic, planned to be put up in either the health center in Tinbungco or Ulas, should focus on providing support for women’s reproductive health and not only usual clinical services.
She said the clinic will help the city government educate women to prevent abortion and early age pregnancies.
Obstetrician Leonor Palabyab, during the press conference, blamed the problem of abortion to moral degradation and not just a fertility concern. She said more avenues should be provided to discuss issues that matter to women’s health.
Around six cases of dumped fetuses were reported in
"We don’t want this to be viewed as merely a police criminal report. It is not just to pursue who these women are and punish them," she said.
She said abortion is related to other women’s issues that have to be addressed.
Librado chairs the city council’s committee on women, children and family relations. (Walter I. Balane / MindaNews)