An official of the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society-Southern Mindanao Chapter (POGS-SMC) disclosed that a pregnant nurse of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), recently died of Covid-19.
Dr. Gina Alvarez of POGS-SMC disclosed that the nurse was unvaccinated with anti-Covid vaccine.
“Naa’y bag-o lang na nurse sa SPMC who died. She was assigned at SPMC pedia ICU and unfortunately buntis siya unya dili siya bakunado. So namatay siya,” she said on Friday via Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR).
Alvarez stressed the importance of getting vaccinated as it will give protection for the pregnant mother and the baby.
“It also offers some kind of protection sa baby kung bakunado ang nanay so ang bata dili kaayo siya matakdan kaayo sa sakit. Kung bakunado ang nanay ma-protektahan siya sa severe infection that would later on necessitate na paanakon siya ug sayo kay naglisod na ug ginhawa ang inahan unya ang bata makompromiso. If bakunado ka dili kaayo ta mahadlok kay di man kaayo grabe ang simtomas kung vaccinated,” she added.
Alvarez said POGS-SMC is now campaigning for pregnant women to get vaccinated especially that Covid-19 cases in Davao City are increasing due to the Delta variant.
“Nag-campaign mi na tanan buntis karon among pabakunahan kay ngano? Daghan ang cases karon sa Davao City. Whether buntis ka o dili, once magka-Covid ka usually pag bakunado ka dili kaayo siya severe ang symptoms nimo kung matakdan ka man sa Covid,” she said.
The group is calling not only the pregnant women but also those mothers who are still hesitant to get vaccinated.
“Mao nang nanghinaut mi nga unta ang mga buntis bakunado ang tanan so that in case na matakdan sila ug Covid dili sila maglisod. Also the breastfeeding mothers. We are calling actually on all women lalo na sa mga nagduha duha pa nga mga inahan,” she said.
Last month, the Department of Health (DOH) invited interested pregnant women to go to their doctors and midwives to register and enroll for the vaccination program of POGS-SMC.
In a statement, DOH announced that pregnant women are now part of the expanded A3 priority group for Covid-19 vaccination and that based on the recommendation of local experts, Covid-19 vaccines are “generally safe” for pregnant women and that getting vaccinated against Covid-19 is recommended during the second or third trimester of pregnancy.