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NSO 9 bares 2008 nat'l demographic and health survey results

Coincides with women's month

by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

Zamboanga City (5 March) -- The National Statistics Office Region 9 conducted on March 5, gional Data disseminatio) held at the Grand Astoria Hotel, this city.

The forum, which was attended by representatives from various sector, updated the participants on data information concerning fertility, family planning, family health, nutrition, childhood mortality, awareness of tuberculosis, HIV-related knowledge, and access to HIV testing services.

NSO Regional Director Expedito Rebollos said a nationally representative sample of 13,594 women in 12, 496 households were interviewed. This sample provides estimates for the Philippines as a whole, for urban and rural areas, and for the 17 administrative regions.

"The 2008 NDHS is the ninth in a series of national demographic and health surveys conducted in the Philippines every five years since 1968," the director added.

Engr. Nasser Usman- OIC-Provincial Statistics Office- NSO Basilan, revealed results of the 2008 NDHS as far as maternal and child health is concern.

He reported; among women aged 15-49 with live births, 52.5% of women from urban areas seek antenatal care (ANC) during pregnancy from the doctors, while 39.9% from midwives and only 2.3% from hilot, while an oozing 61.1% women in the rural area receive antenatal care from midwives, 25.9% from doctors and 7.6% from hilots.

In Zamboanga Peninsula however, 66.8% of women received their antenatal care from midwives, 18.7% from doctors, and 9.4% from hilots.

A total of 62.2% of Philippine women gave birth or were handled/ delivered by health professionals while 36.4% were delivered by hilots.

For Zamboanga Peninsula, 59.2% were delivered by hilots and only 38.4% were delivered by health professionals like doctors, nurses and midwives.

In terms of health facility during child birth, Zamboanga Peninsula recorded a modest delivery of 28.5% in a health facility and a smashing 71.2% were delivered at home.

As far as child health indicators is concerned, Engr. Usman further reported only 5% of children under 5 years old suffered symptoms of Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI), 50% received treatment and 42% received antibiotics.

As far as percentage of children aged 12-23 months old who received all basic vaccines is concerned, a comparative of 62% in 1993 were fully immunize to 70% in 2008 children fully immunized.

As far as breastfeeding is concerned, 34% of babies were breastfed, 17% not breastfed, 18% consumed plain water only and 20%consumesd other milk.

Infant mortality rate decrease from 34% in 1993 to 25% in 2008 and under-five year old mortality rate decrease from 54% in 1993 to 34% in 2008.

Mr. Usman also tackled further, results of the 2008 NDHS where tuberculosis (TB) and HIV-AIDS knowledge and behavior is concerned. He reported, a total of 94.1% has heard about AIDS and 52% of women aged 15-49 know where to go to be tested for HIV.

Meanwhile 98% has heard of TB and 94% believed TB can be cured.

As far as signs & symptoms of TB is concerned, 59% of women knows excessive coughing as primary sign, while 39% believed weight loss an one sign and 35% believed blood in sputum as another sign of TB.

With regards to health care utilization and financing, 38% of Philippine population is with Philhealth coverage compared to 30% in the 2003 NDHS with Northern Mindanao holding the highest health insurance coverage and lowest in ARMM. (PIA) [top]

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