By Ann M. Sumalpong
The Regional Health Office (RHO) of DOH in Northern Mindanao, in partnership with, Jhpiego-Mindanao Health and POPCOM-10 conducted a series of outreach activities for Modern Family Planning during the first quarter of 2015. These activities were aimed at providing married couples with their choosen family planning method to enable and help them achieve their desired number of children that they support and raise in a humane way.
The first two (2) outreach activities conducted at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) and Jasaan Misamis Oriental in January and February respectively were intended for women who wanted the permanent method called the Bitaleral Tubal Lagation (BTL). One hundred nine (109) women availed of the free service on BTL and underwent the procedure free of charge. The ligation was performed by doctors from the different rural health units who were trained on the procedure. BTL is a safe and simple surgical procedure which provides permanent contraception for women who do not want any more children. It involves cutting or blocking the 2 fallopian tubes so that eggs released from the ovaries cannot move down the fallopian tubes to meet the sperm. It is proven to be 99.5% effective.