Health and Family Welfare Services
HEALTH CARE IN UNION TERRITORY OF PUDUCHERRY:
The Union Territory of Puducherry consists of four geographically isolated census districts of Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam on the Eastern and Western coasts of India. The Health care provision for the four culturally divergent districts spread over in an area of 479 Sq.Km. is a logistical challenge due to the geographical location as enclaves in the south Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.
The U.T. Govt. has been able to provide accessible and free medical care within an average distance of 1.18 kms to its population of nearly 11 lakhs through a network of 81 sub- centres, 39 PHCs, 4 CHCs, disease specific clinics and 9 hospitals.
The per capita expenditure on health care services is Rs.1658/- and the network of health institutions annually serve more than 55 lakhs out-patients and 1.5 lakhs in-patients at the various Govt. medical institutions.
As per the guidelines of Government of India, Union Territory administration is implementing various preventive health programme such as Reproductive and Child Health including Immunization, Family Planning, Post-Partum Programme, Nutrition, Dental Health, Ayurvedha, Siddha and Homeopathy systems of Medicine (ISM&H) as well as disease control programmes including AIDS, Blindness, Cholera, Filaria, Goiter, Leprosy, Malaria, S.T.D. and T.B.