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HEALTH DEPARTMENT

The Department of Health is headed by the District Health Officer (DHO) whose mandate is guided by the District 5 Year Strategic Plan that focuses on the achievement of equity through increased access to Minimum Health Care Package (MHCP), Quality care, efficiency accountability and transparency. 
The overall goal of the sector is to provide good quality services to the people of this district so as to make them attain good standards of health in order to live a healthy and reproductive life.  The sector objective is to reduce morbidity and mortality from the major causes of ill health and premature health and disparities therein”.

This district has 35 public Health units of different categories namely 2 HC IVs, 10 HC IIIs and 23 HC IIs. The District has no Government Hospital with only 1 PNFP (hospital) and some other health facilities that are owned privately and others by Non-Government Organizations (NGOs). The distribution is quite fair, but some of them lack the basic equipment to offer reasonable services especially in HCII and HCIII. Many rural units require rehabilitation and equipping. Besides diseases, poor nutrition amongst the rural poor has contributed to worrying situations. Because of cross cutting nature of health issues, there is need for an integrated approach to health.

There are various NGOs both Local and International that are involved in HIV/AIDS prevention and control in the district. Such activities include blood screening and counselling, medical treatment, home care, pastoral education, health education, HIV/AIDS research and orphan support.

Basic Health Service Indicators

  1. Infant Mortality Rate   72 per 1,000 live births
  2. Under 5 Mortality Rate   128 per 1,000 live births
  3. HIV Prevalence Rate   5.9 %
  4. HIV Counseling & Testing (HCT) Coverage   59 %
  5. TB Detection Rate   79 %
  6. TB Treatment Success Rate  83 %
  7. Immunization Coverage (Polio)   115 %
  8. Immunization Coverage (Measles)   71 %
  9. Immunization Coverage (BCG)   102 %
  10. Immunization Coverage (DPT)   124 %
  11. Pit Latrine Coverage   89 %
  12. Hand Washing Coverage   43 %
  13. Water Source Coverage  84 %
  14. Safe Water Coverage   35.6 %