The health Department oversees the provision of health services in the district. Working with several other partners, we deliver primary health care in the areas of promotive, preventive, curative, palliative and rehabilitative health services.
With 253 heath workers, we provide curative and preventive health care through 4 hospitals (3 privately owned), 4 health centre IV, 13 health centre III, 29 health centre II and village health teams. The range of services include: maternity and child welfare services; the control of communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; control of the spread of disease in the district; rural ambulance services; primary health care services; vector control; environment sanitation; health education. Other tangible results are reduction in infant mortality rates from 505/100,000 in 2000 to 435/100,000 in 2006.
We have consistently attained high ranking in the national league table and rated among the first 20 districts. Progress in improving the health standards of our community has been attained as indicated by: a penta vaccine coverage of 86.4 %, 66% deliveries of pregnant mothers in health units, a 1.3 % out-patient department (OPD) per capita utilization, and a comprehensive HIV/AIDS service coverage of 85% and a prevalence rate of 7%, sanitation coverage of 97%, reduction in sanitation related diseases occurrence by 40%).
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