When it comes to Butuan hospitals and health care, the city has 27 urban barangay health stations, 3 principal health centers, and 59 rural barangay health stations. It has a couple of government-owned hospitals namely City General Hospital and Medical Center, a 150-bed capacity facility, and the 100-bed capacity Provincial Hospital of Agusan del Norte. It has 6 private capacity with a total capacity of 521 beds. The health centers and hospitals in Butuan serves not only the residents of the city but also from other municipalities.
In 1991, total health spendings of Butuan amounted to P12.3 million which represented 10 percent of total expenses. From the overall spendings, 34% was allocated for basic health services and 66% for building hospitals. In 1994, health expenditures increased to P27.5 million representing 10 percent of overall expenditures. Allotment for basic health was 43 percent while hospital expenses dropped to 55 percent.
A year later, Butuan’s health allocation was P29.1 million comprising 8% of the total budget. The allocation for hospitals was 54% against the 46% alloted for health, miscellaneous services, and nutrition.
In 1990 and 1995, Butuan health care represented a drop in infant and child mortality which is far lower than the national averages in the two years. The rates for maternal mortality, although decreasing, was higher than the national averages. The malnutrition rate in the city showed a significant decrease at 58% and 32%, respectively.
Butuan health care catered to nutrition activities intended to address malnutrition in the city. It includes food assistance, nutrition education, livelihood assistance, supplementing micro-nutrients, among others. The Butuan Nutrition Committee holds quarterly meetings. The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Education (DepEd) is actively involved in the health care efforts of the city.
In addition, the City Agriculturist’s Office is responsible for production and security of food. The Budget Allocation Office is responsible for the funding while the Philippine Information Agency is charged with disseminating information and nutrition.
The City Nutrition Office, which is under the City Nutrition Officer, acts as the Secretariat of the Butuan Nutrition Committee and coordinates all nutrition-related activities. The agency has two assisting nutritionists managing 43 barangays. It has a feeding center and barangay nutrition scholar. A barangay nutrition scholar, with a monthly salary of P400, mans the feeding center in each barangay.
These are the different agencies that play a significant role in the implementation of programs of Butuan hospitals and health care.