MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno has called on all pregnant women in the city to avail of free pre-natal services to ensure their safe delivery and the health of their baby.
As this developed, Manila City Health Officer Dr. Arnold Pangan announced that about 82 percent of children in Manila, or 161,347 children below five years old have been immunized in the ongoing drive against polio.
Moreno made the appeal to pregnant women following an incident where a Quezon City resident came to the Ospital ng Sampaloc (OS) to give birth. Deliveries are free in the six city-run hospitals in Manila.
Hospital Director Dr. Aileen Lacsamana said since the baby no longer had a heartbeat and her case was complicated, the patient was directed to go to Sta. Ana Hospital, which is a tertiary hospital that can handle more complicated cases like the one on hand. OS is just a primary hospital.
Although the patient was found stable enough to go to the hospital on her own, Lacsamana said she was taken by an ambulance to the front of Sta. Ana Hospital.
There, director Dr. Grace Padilla said the patient needed blood and gathered from other city hospitals.
Padilla said the mother failed the blood test and her baby had already separated from the placenta.
‘Bagsak na sa blood test. Nagdudugo na nang matindi so she was given fluids.
Nagseparate na ang baby sa placenta. She needed eight bags of blood. Nagla-labor na and SOP na kahit patay na ang baby mag-deliver pa din,’ she explained.
Padilla added that they transfused blood because it is needed to stabilize the mother’s condition before operation.’
The patient, she said, delivered but developed respiratory stress nearly two hours later.
Moreno, who expressed deepest condolences to the family of the deceased, said an investigation is underway.