As of present, the municipality of Kiamba has 3 doctors, 7 nurses , 19 midwives and 2 sanitary inspectors to assist the needs of residents seeking medical attention. The municipality has 2 public hospitals and a private hospital all situated in the Poblacion area. With regards to accessibility of immediate medical services, the municipality has health stations on every barangays to further assist the residents.

Currently, no reports of disease outbreaks were reported, but diseases such as Respiratory infection and Hypertensive Heart ailments have been the top cause of morbidity among the  residents of the municipality. Lack of information on proper Health and Wellness, proper diet and less physical activities could be the main culprit of such illnesses.

The Health sector continues to work with the local government unit to assess this diseases by implementing health-oriented programs, and just recently the “Hataw” fitness program was staged for the municipal employees as the start of Kiamba’s drive to promote better living through active and healthy lifestyle.

General Health Situation for the Last Five Years

The six-year data of the municipality in terms of its crude birth rate (per 1,000 live births), fertility rate, morbidity, mortality and crude death rate (per 1,000 population), and young child/under-five mortality, infant mortality rate (per 1,000 live births) and maternal mortality rate.  While the crude death rate and live birth rate have remained steady over the past 6 years, the number of under-5 deaths and infants deaths have become erratic, but shows an alarming increase in 2008 and 2009.

Maternal Mortality ratio, on the other hand, has decreased from 3/1000 LBs to .9/1000 LBs beginning in 2007.  However, early data from 2009 already shows a marked increase to 3.2/1000 LBs, which may reflect a need to further streamline and improve Maternal Health programs.  In the last 10 years, Kiamba is the 2 ndhighest contributor of maternal deaths throughout the province.In order to lower the maternal mortality, improved prenatal care and intrapartum assessment are bringing in. A fetal monitor is to be purchased in order to detect at its earliest onset fetal distress that calls for urgent referral to other centers.

Medical Health Facilities And Personnel

The health care provision setting is comprised of 1 main Rural health unit (RHU), 19 barangay health stations (BHS), 17 Health and Nutrition Posts (HNP), 5 functional Botika ng Barangay (BNB), 1 Lying-in clinic, 1 Barangay Microscopyarea, and 5 Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) sites for Malaria. Trained individuals man the respective service delivery area.

The Main RHU is a SentrongSigla II facility, with a primary-level laboratory, and is PhilHealth-accredited for its Out-Patient Benefit Package (OPB), TuberculosisDirectly Observed Treatment Strategy (TB DOTS), and Malaria Package. There are 2 hospitals in the municipality, 1 government and 1 private, both are primary-level hospitals.

As to manpower, the municipal health office has: 1 Physician (1: 54,143), 1 Public Health Dentist (1:54,143), 2 Public Health nurses (1:27,072), 10 rural health midwives (1:5,414), 2 sanitary inspectors (1:27,072), 1 Medical technologist, 1 administrative clerk, 1 dental aide, and 1 utility worker.  As to BarangayHealth staff, the municipality has a total of 113 Barangay Health workers, 21 Barangay sanitary inspectors, 23 Barangay Nutrition scholars, and 20 Barangay Dental Auxiliary.  There are 2 doctors in the District Hospital, 5 nurses, 3 midwives and 4 others who help run the hospital, while the private hospital has 1 private practicing physician, 1 nurse 2 midwives and three others.

As to governance, the municipality has a recently reactivated Local Health Board, which has been holding monthly meetings and has helped passed resolutions and ordinances.  The Municipality also has an active Malaria Action Committee, Municipal TB council, Municipal Solid Waste Management Council, andMunicipal Disaster Council.  Over the past years, numerous Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have assisted the locale in promoting health and even introduced several innovations, such as the Maximizing Access to Child Health Program (MATCH) and Care Group Leaders (CGL) by The International Aid, Malaria Control program by Global Fund Malaria, Establishment of TB task forces by TB LINC, and assistance in Contraceptive self-reliance and rationalization planning by HealthGov.

Data was based on 2011 update from MPDC Office.