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Government/Private Health Care Facilities

Of the fifteen (15) Health Care Facilities in the province, eight (8) or 53.33% are private facilities while seven (7) or 46.67% are government hospitals. Seven (7) of these hospitals are situated in Butuan City including the the Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital while the district hospitals are in Nasipit, Cabadbatran and Kitcharao and the municipal hospitals are in Jabonga and Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte. 

Status of Rural Health Manpower

The Provincial Hospital is a tertiary level facility that serves both as a core and end referral hospital for patients throughout the province. Preventive health care services are being provided in rural health facilities managed by the municipal governments.  There are 11 RHUs under the four ILHZs. 

In 2007, all of the eleven (11) towns have one (1) Rural Health Physician stationed in Rural Health Units (RHUs) and ninety six (96) midwives providing primary health services in ninety one (91) Barangay Health Stations (BHS). 

In 2010, one rural health unit (RHU) (RT Romualdez) has been  without a doctor for over a year and the newly hired municipal health officer (MHO) of Las Nieves RHU contemplated to remain until the end of 2010.  The current ratio of rural physicians is beyond the national standard of 1 every 20,000 population.  Additional physicians are required to serve the population in two (2) municipalities (Nasipit and Buenavista) and the newly created city of Cabadbaran.

Midwives assigned in barangay health stations (BHS) are adequate based on the standard ratio of 1:5,000 population.  But some geographically  isolated and depressed areas (GIDA) with BHS will require posting of an additional RHM.

Only seven (7) dentists serves the entire population of the province.

Vital Health Index

Agusan del Norte’s crude birth rate in 2010 is 23.03 lower by 0.47 compared to that in 2006 which is 2.50.

Infant mortality decreased during the period from 3.35 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2006  to 2.02 in 2010.  The deaths among infants reduced by1.33.

While infant mortality decreased, the maternal mortality rate increased from 0.27 in 2006 to 1.64 death per 1,000 live births in 2010.  It was in 2003 that the province hit the benchmark of zero death.

The crude death rate is only 3.60 in 2006 per 1,000 live births lower than the 2010 rate of 3.99.

Leading Causes of Morbidity and Mortality

Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI), Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) and pneumonia are the leading causes of morbidity while pneumonia, sepsis and traumatic injuries are the leading causes of mortality.

From 2006  to 2008, pneumonia is the second leading cause of mortality next to heart disease but in 2009 and 2010 it stands as the number one leading cause of mortality.

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