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Family Planning in the time of COVID-19

With strictest observance of hygiene protocols including social distancing, as POPCOM X’s RPFP Team with resolve faced the challenges posed by COVID-19, as of April 30, 2020, a total of forty-four (44) women were inserted with Progestin-only Subdermal Implants (PSI), eight (8) were provided with Intrauterine Device (IUD), four (4) were injected with Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), and one (1) pill dispensed or a total of fifty-six (56) women were all duly serviced with the Family Planning Contraceptive of their choice – all in the time of COVID-19. Few members of the team reached out to women in the hinterland barangays of Cagayan de Oro City, in partnership with the Barangay Health Stations, to cater the FP needs of women in barangays as far as Tagpangi and Pigsag-an, while another member of the team is left at the Regional Office X FP and Wellness Clinic to cater to clients referred by Barangay Population Volunteers (BPVs).
    As frontliners during the implementation of General Community Quarantine, ensuring the ready availability of Family Planning services to the extent of reaching out its clientele even to far-flung barangay is POPCOM X’s share in the overall effort for the health and wellbeing of the women in Northern Mindanao.
    It is learned that of all the POPCOM regional offices in the country, it is only POPCOM Region X which has been providing direct family planning services even in the time of COVID-19.

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