The Health Department of Puducherry has been executing the Government policy of accessible, acceptable and affordable health care to the population with a wide network of 8 Hospitals, 4 Community Health Centres, 39 Primary Health Centres and 77 Sub-Centres.

Health Indicators: In fact, the monitored health indicators of Puducherry are one of the best in the country. The Union Territory registers 99.8% institutional deliveries, majority of which occur in the governmental institutions endorsing the confidence of the public in the health services.

It also maintains a very healthy Sex Ratio of 970 female children to 1000 males. The U.T has been declared as Leprosy Free State and is nearing a non-endemic state for Filariasis. There has not been a death due to vaccine preventable disease for Malaria in the last 8 years. The UT accounts for an Infant Mortality Rate of 25 per thousand and Maternal Mortality Rate of 18 per lakh, besides a total fertility rate of 1.6.

Medical Education: The Indira Gandhi Govt. General Hospital & Post Graduate Institute, Puducherry and Government Maternity Hospital have been recognized by the Medical Council of India for imparting training for Compulsory Rotatory Internship for Medical Graduates. These hospitals also have a distinction of conducting National Board Post Graduate Programmes in 9 broad specialities and two super specialities with an annual intake of 38 Post Graduates.

A comprehensive Para Medical Institute imparting Under Graduate and Post Graduate degrees in Para Medical Sciences and a Dental College of national repute takes care of the future health related human resources required in the country.

Health Care Services: The cardiology services at Indira Gandhi Govt. General Hospital & Post Graduate Institute, Puducherry have been improved by providing a Cath Lab and shortly Cardiac Surgery services will be introduced. Meanwhile, renal transplantation programmes by the urology and nephrology departments have conducted 15 Renal Transplants so far with 100% success. A major benefit to the public is that the services including all specialized treatment like post transplant medicines, consumables like mesh, stapler balloons etc are free of cost to the poor patients. In an effort to provide equitable health care services of similar nature in the outlying regions of Mahe and Yanam with small population, an innovative Health Insurance Scheme has been provided by the Government whereby a family of 5 can take treatment from empanelled hospitals to a tune of Rs.2.5 lakhs per year on a floater basis.

On The Path Of Development: A modern 700 bedded Women and Children speciality hospital is likely to be opened to the public in 2010 also a Medical College project is likely to be opened for admission from 2010 – 11.

Future Prespectives: The focus of the department for the future will be tackling the high prevalence of non-communicable diseases like Diabetes, Hypertension, Coronary Heart Diseases and Cancer. A responsible public health infrastructure in order to address Environmental Sanitation, Water Safety and Vector Control needs to be revised in the short term future. Efforts will be made to strengthen the Food and Drugs Administration in the U.T of Puducherry.

Director

Department of Health &

Family Welfare Services

Government of Puducherry

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