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Pregnancy blast during pandemic, population increased, effects of lockdown to Family Planning

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COVID-19 brings national lockdown around the globe because of its capacity to spread transmitted disease of the virus. Many people lost their jobs, closed establishment, company and infrastructure rehabilitation cease their operation. Which caused the people to returned to their respective hometown to be with their family but the effect is they are economically disabled. The protocol of home quarantine increased the number of population this year 2020, 42% its increased compared to 2019 statistical data of birth rate. One reason of this increased, is the protocol of staying at home which gives quality time for the people especially with the couple. Increased in unplanned pregnancies happened this year because of the quarantine protocol. Not just unintended pregnancies is increased but also the undeveloped family planning. The extension of lockdown globally brought the limitedness of the health care to access family planning especially to the remote areas.

In this situation, many maternity hospital is overcrowded. Social distancing is not observed there are two mother sharing in one bed. Scientifically, mother and newborn are highly to infections risk of contracting Covid-19. The health workers supposedly assist the family planning to the community can’t serve because they are appoint to be a front liner to the COVID-19.

The Fabella Maternal Hospital, the biggest government maternal clinic in the Philippines, many of them are failed to have their pre-natal check-up because due to travel limitations. More than 1.8 million unitended pregnancies were anticipated for the current year, and the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI) and the UNFPA are foresee the Covid time increased birth rates with an extra 751,000 unexpected pregnancies if community will continue the quarantine measures proceed until the end the of the year. As Population Commission information, the quantity of births on the year 2012 was 1.79 million and has been gradually declining as family planning administered to access. But when the lockdown implemented the action is reversed. The population since the start of lockdown until now is higher than 1.79 million.

There are women terrified to go out to the facilities to claim their family planning and check-up because they are afraid to the amidst of COVID-19. But on the other hand, there are women afraid of getting pregnant in this time of pandemic because of instability of income. But now, hospital at present is preparing their facility itself for the Covid time of increased birth rates.

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