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Health comm endorses refinement of proposed newborn screening ordinance


THE City Council Committee on Health, Nutrition, and Health Insurance, chaired by Councilor Maria Lourdes S. Gaane, has endorsed for further refinement the proposed ordinance institutionalizing newborn screening in Cagayan de Oro City.


Cagayan de Oro City Councilor Maria Lourdes S. Gaane

During the recent committee meeting where various key points of the draft ordinance were discussed, Ms. Pauline Angela Balansag, Regional Newborn Screening (NBS) Coordinator of the Department of Health Regional Office No. 10 (DOH-10), emphasized the need for a more detailed definition of newborn screening and proposed to include a definition for newborn with low birth weight, describing it as those weighing under 2000 grams.


CDO City Vice Mayor Jocelyn "Bebot" B. Rodriguez during the Committee on Health, Nutrition, and Health Insurance meeting

The funding for newborn screenings for babies born outside health facilities as well as the provisions for capacity building and skills training for health workers to ensure they can perform newborn screening efficiently were also raised during the meeting.


Representative from Cagayan de Oro City Legal Office
Guest during the Committee on Health, Nutrition, and Health Insurance meeting

The committee discussed incorporating these services into the City Health Office’s budget proposal and development plan.


All suggestions and concerns were noted and submitted to the City Legal Office for consideration and appropriate action.


Guest during the Committee on Health, Nutrition, and Health Insurance meeting
Guest during the Committee on Health, Nutrition, and Health Insurance meeting

Vice Mayor Bebot Rodriguez, author of the draft ordinance, pushes for the institutionalization of a public health service that would provide equitable access to essential newborn screening services.

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