CHO con­tin­ues sub­der­mal im­plants

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THE Davao City Health Of­fice (CHO) said the pro­ce­dure on sub­der­mal im­planon in­ser­tion for women is still be­ing done in the city de­spite Supreme Court (SC)'s de­ci­sion to sus­pend its dis­tri­bu­tion by the Depart­ment of Health (DOH) last 2015.

CHO Pop­u­la­tion di­vi­sion head Jeff Fuentes, dur­ing the I-Speak me­dia fo­rum yes­ter­day, Septem­ber 14, at the Davao City En­gi­neer­ing's Of­fice, said the city has to con­tinue its im­planon pro­ce­dures for free to aid those moth­ers who are in need of birth con­trol.

Fuentes said CHO still has over 5,000 stored im­planons sourced from the pri­vate sec­tor to sup­port the gov­ern­ment's birth con­trol pro­gram .

"While the na­tional gov­ern­ment still does not find it ap­pro­pri­ate to dis­trib­ute the im­planons, the city has to find a way to sus­tain it," he said.

The in­ser­tions of im­planons in the city, Fuentes said, are be­ing fo­cused on far-flung ar­eas such as Bu­nawan, Cali­nan, Mar­ilog Dis­trict, and Paquibato Dis­trict.

CHO is re­spon­si­ble for the de­ploy­ment of health of­fi­cers who will per­form the in­ser­tion in dif­fer­ent barangay health of­fices.

"The chal­lenge is not on the num­ber of sup­ply we have left but the ac­ces­si­bil­ity of our peo­ple for avail­ing this so we have to work on thor­oughly in bring­ing this to health cen­ters," Fuentes said.

In a re­cent in­ter­view with Health Sec­re­tary Paulyn Jean Ubial, she said DOH is still pos­i­tive that SC will soon lift the ex­ist­ing tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der on the dis­tri­bu­tion of the im­planons as the Food and Drugs Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA) drafted guide­lines last Au­gust and will be

pre­sented to stake­hold­ers any­time this month.

"DOH im­ported about P450 mil­lion worth of the sub­der­mal im­plants in Fe­bru­ary 2015 so we hope it will not all go to waste," Ubial said.

DOH cur­rently has P250 mil­lion worth of sub­der­mal im­plants kept in­tact un­til SC will al­low the re­sump­tion of its dis­tri­bu­tion.

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