Health and Nutrition constitute an important social service delivery. This section looks at the current situation with regards to health facilities, availability of health personnel, prevalence of diseases, mortality rate, coverage of health services and facilities, malnutrition among children, and tuberculosis among others. The District has one hospital and one polyclinic serving the health needs of the population. For easy administration, the District sub-divided into five sub-districts with 4 health centers and 13 CHPS compounds. The table below gives the health facilities in the District.
Staffing Situation under health
The staff situation has seen marginal improvement over the last four years especially with regards to nurses. The nurse/population ratio has improved from 1:364 in 2014 to 1:267 in 2016. Midwives have increased in the District. The challenge is the number of doctors which has not seen any improvement. From a doctor/population ratio of 1:14996 in 2014, the District has witnessed declining ratio over the years. This situation put undue pressure on the few available doctors. It also affects the quality of service rendered to the general public who need health care.
Infant mortality and still births in the district have declined marginally as indicated in the graph from 7.8 per 1000 births in 2014 to 1.6 per 1000 births in 2016. However the district targets maternal death and still birth free incidence in the district. The challenge with maternal deaths in the district could be attributed to inadequate health personnel especially midwives and doctors, inadequate ante natal care, difficulty in transporting pregnant women from points of referral due to poor roads, as well as delay in accessing health care by some rural dwellers.
TOP 10 Diseases
Malaria continues to be the most common disease in the district. Strengthening LLIN, the indoor residual spraying, effective clinical management of malaria and other ongoing interventions could lead to a significant reduction in malaria cases. Case fatality of malaria of in patients has been fluctuation between 0.7% and 2.4% over the years. However, under five case fatality increased to 2.6% in 2017. The other diseases that are among the top ten are ARTI, diarrhea, skin diseases among others.
Tuberculosis is a disease of public health concern. Many strategies including community based TB care, Active Case Search, Quarterly reviews, Trainings, Sputum investigations and sensitization durbars have been adopted to control and manage its spread. This requires collaborative efforts of all stakeholders and health staff to join the fight on TB. In 2016, 24 TB cases were recorded out of which 15 were put on treatment with 3 being cured. The table gives the TB situation in the District.
PREVALENCE OF UNDERWEIGHT CHN 0-23 MONTHS
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