Health is everybody’s business. Its protection and maintenance requires knowledge of the forces and diseases that threaten it. Health as define is a state of physical, mental, social well being and not merely the absence of disease. But despite its wanting and despite everybody’s concern in health, still it is not quite easy to achieve it as defined. Why? Because of so many factors/reasons.
The municipality’s health condition may be said to be quite good as the Municipal Health records show a low incidence of diseases. Among the leading causes of morbidity are bronchitis, acute respiratory infection, acute diarrhea and pneumonia. The most prevalent sickness in the municipality are of viral and bacterial origin which may be attributed to malnutrition among children, lack of sanitary toilet facilities and improper disposal of waste.
Medical/ Health Facilities and Personnel
At present, the medical health force that serves the medical needs of Kalawit consist of one Doctor, one Nurse and seven Midwives. The doctor together with a nurse and midwife are assigned in the Municipal Health Center located in the Poblacion while the 5 Midwives are distributed to handle the Barangay Health Centers.
In its quest to combat malnutrition among infants and children, Kalawit’s nutrition program is continuously undertaken by the Municipal Health Office.
The nutrition survey showed that of the number of children weighed, there were more malnourished children than normal children. Of the 2,734 children weighed in 2008, about 1.13 percent are considered first degree malnourished, 13.28 percent second degree and 41 percent third degree. This high count of malnutrition may be attributed to the poor feeding practices and improper diet due to the lack of knowledge among mothers on the nutritional value of foods.
The records of the Municipal Health Office shows a significant increase in the number of family planning acceptors from 1,008 in the year 1997 to 1,270 in 2008. This may be attributed to the awakening awareness among married couples of the advantages of a well-planned family. Moreover, the family planning methods used are given free and within easy reach of the acceptors. Among the family planning methods used in 2008, pills is the most preferred by the acceptors while the less preferred is Condom.