The Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Services, Puducherry looks after Administration of its field / subordinate institutions spread all over the Union Territory. The Director of Health and Family Welfare Services functioning as the Head of the Department is assisted by Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Senior Accounts Officer (SAO), Deputy Director (Stat.), Deputy Director (Plan) to undertake the Directorate's activities and the duties and responsibilities are divided on functional basis.
There are 32 Sub-Offices / Programme Officers under the control of the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Services including the Regional level offices situated at Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam. The Head of offices of these sub offices assist the Director in implementing the schemes in the respective region.
Functions of the Department
This Department is firmly committed to improve the health services to create a better health care, provide services that produce clear, measurable benefits to people's health with more emphasis than in the past on health promotion and prevention and provide services with more efficiency through the existing health institutions.
This Department is implementing the preventive and curative health care for both rural and urban population in the Union Territory. The needy publics are provided with easily accessible medical care within an average distance of less than 1.47 kms. distance and without any referral from Health Sub-centres. The Primary Health Care Services are provided through the 4-CHCs, 39-PHCs, 81 Sub Centres, 15 ESI Dispensaries and 17 Diseases Specific Clinics such as Chest Clinics, STD Clinics, Leprosy Clinics, Malaria etc., The referral care is provided by the 8 hospitals (4-General Hospitals - one for each region, Maternity Hospital, Chest Diseases Hospital, Leprosy Hospital and ESI Hospital at the Capital of U.T. of Puducherry). Annualy over 57 lakhs outpatients and over 1.40 lakhs of Inpatients are treated in theses Government Institutions established to cater to the needs of about 12.44 lakhs population of the Union Territory.
As per the guidelines of Government of India, Union Territory Administration is implementing various preventive health programmes such as Reproductive Child Health (RCH), including Immunizations, Family Planning, Post-partum Programme, Nutrition, Dental Health, Ayurvedha, Siddha and Homoeopathy systems of Medicine (ISM&H) as well as Disease Control Programme including AIDS, Blindness, Cholera, Filaria, Goiter, Leprosy, Malaria, STD, TB, etc.