He entered the State service as health officer of Palani Municipality in 1973
Former Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine P. Padmanabhan, who played a pivotal role in improving maternal and child health care in the State, died here on Saturday. He was 63.
Dr. Padmanabhan’s former colleagues said he was ailing for sometime.
He was respected by many for his innovative ideas in improving the public health system in the State and making primary health centres active.
He entered the State service as health officer of Palani Municipality in 1973 and had held various positions, including Deputy Director of Health Services, Saidapet, in the Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) programme, before becoming the Director in 2006.
He retired in 2008 and was appointed as Advisor, Public Health Administration, National Health Systems Resource Centre, New Delhi, under the National Rural Health Mission with focus on States like Bihar.
Dr. Padmanabhan was the recipient of the life-time achievement award from the State government for contribution to maternal and child health care.
S. Elango, former Director of Public Health, said conducting deliveries and caesarean sections at PHCs and reducing maternal/infant mortality rates were the thrust areas of Dr. Padmanabhan.
“He was an able public health administrator. He solved the crisis during the chikungunya outbreak in 2006,” he said.
He would be remembered for his innovative thoughts, said K. Kolandaswamy, Director of Public Health. “Dr. Padmanabhan had then asked private companies to adopt PHCs. He was definitely a mentor,” he said.
Former State health Secretary V.K. Subburaj, lauded Dr. Padmanabhan as one of the outstanding public health specialists in the country. The funeral took place on Sunday.
He is survived by wife, son and daughter.