Health and Welfare
As of 2008, there were 18 hospitals in the province, 11 of which were owned by the government and 7 were privately-owned. There was a decrease of 4 hospitals compared in 2007 which resulted to a ratio of 873 persons to one hospital bed.
For the same year, government health personnel in the province were composed of 23 physicians, 43 nurses, 191 midwives and 54 other government health workers. The ratio of a physician practicing in a hospital was one for every 30,317 persons while the availability of a midwife is one for every 3,651 persons.
In Puerto Princesa City alone, there were 5 physicians, 15 nurses, 26 midwives and 21 other government health workers. There was one physician for every 40,163 persons and one midwife for every 7,724 persons.
A total of 60,437 users of family planning methods were reported in 2008 in Palawan. Around 12.9 thousand of them were new acceptors and 47.5 thousand were current users. In Puerto Princesa City alone, there were a total of 28,700 users of family planning users, of which 6.51 percent were new acceptors and 93.49 percent were current users.
Among the methods of family planning, LAM method was preferred by new acceptors in Puerto Princesa City and other Palawan, while the use of pill was the most preferred by the current users.
Table 2. Distribution of Government and Private Hospitals and Bed-Population Ratio: 1994-2008
Table 3a. Number of Government Health Personnel in Palawan and Ratio to Population: 2000 to 2008
3b. Number of Government Health Personnel in Puerto Princesa City and Ratio to Population: 2000 to 2008
Table 4a. Family Planning Acceptors by Method in Palawan: 1994 to 2008
Table 4b. Family Planning Acceptors by Method in Puerto Princesa City: 1994 to 2008