Health and Welfare
As of 2008, there were only three hospitals in the province, all were government-owned. Total bed capacity was 135 or a ratio of 1,642 persons to one hospital bed.
Government health personnel in 2008 totaled 82. There were 7 physicians practicing in the province; 12 nurses; 45 midwives; 5 dentists; and 13 other government health personnel.
There were a total of 11,947 family planning acceptors as of 2008. The data has been decreasing compared to 13,620 in 2007 and 13,980 in 2006. Of the total in 2008, only 15.92 percent were new acceptors and 84.08 percent were current users. Most family planning acceptors used the pill comprising 38.11 percent or 4,553.
Table 1. Estimated Vital Rates and Life Expectancy at Birth: 2000-2010
Table 2. Distribution of Government and Private Hospitals and Bed-Population Ratio: 1994-2008
Table 3. Number of Government Health Personnel and Ratio to Population: 2000 to 2008
Table 4. Family Planning Acceptors by Method: 1994 to 2008