Here Comes the Condoms
According to Philippine Daily Inquirer June 19th issue:
The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said it would be distributing this year some P500 million worth of contraceptives, including condoms and birth control pills, as part of its renewed effort to reduce the rising maternal mortality rate (MMR) in the country.
The news article then tried to link the need to distribute condoms and contraceptives worth 500 Million on how we as a nation could decrease Maternal Mortality Rate.
In a statement after a press briefing on the issue, Health Secretary Enrique Ona cited the 2011 Family Health Survey that showed that between 2006 and 2011, the MMR jumped from 162 to 221. This meant the number of Filipino mothers who died in childbirth had risen to 221 in 2011 from 162 in 2009 per 100,000 live births.
The MMR, said Ona, is an important indicator of the government’s performance in improving the health of its citizens.“We can only say that the entire health system is improving if the maternal mortality rate is also improving,” he said.
Ona cited the poor delivery of health services to impoverished communities as one of the main causes of maternal deaths which he described as highly preventable.
I am not a doctor but I am not sure if the solution to decrease Maternal Death is the free distribution of Condoms and Contraceptives using tax payer’s money. What we need are teaching seminars and a more long term solution to the problem of mis education or no education. It also means upgrading our public hospitals and clinics.
Does this mean that every year we will be shelling out millions of pesos to give away free condoms and pills to couples who want to have sex. I cannot connect how hard earned taxpayer’s money is used to fund the sex life of my fellow Filipinos. Also how sure are we that the distribution of contraceptives are targeting married people only? If the Department of Health goes full blast does that also mean that single men and women can avail of free contraceptives paid for by Filipinos who have a hard time making ends meet. If this happens among the single men and women in our nation, not only are we mis educating them on sex but giving them more license to engage in premarital sex.
Are we really going to pay for that???