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JICA donates birthing equipment to CAR hospitals, clinics
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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet - The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has donated birthing equipment to 17 hospitals and clinics in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) to promote maternal health in the area.

Most of the recipients are in northern part of Benguet, Mountain Province, and Ifugao.

Dr. Makoto Tobi, chief executive officer of JICA's health projects, said the recipients still lack some of the modern equipment necessary for maternal and newborn health care.

JICA in previous assessment found out that maternal deaths mainly due to delivery of their babies in this part of the country is still quite high that "we want to help in preventing death of delivering mothers."

Tobi also said that JICA has started the sponsored trainings of traditional midwives (hilots) in the area so that they could assist medical personnel during the delivery of mothers.

To recall, it was also the JICA which helped modernize the Benguet General Hospital (BGH) in year 2000. Today, the facility is one of the most modern in northern Luzon.

Tobi thanked the cooperation of the local officials and residents to the JICA projects which further promote friendship between the people of Japan and the Philippines.