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Health & Family Welfare

Mr. Lov Verma

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Mr. K. N. Desi Raju(Profile)


Availability of quality Healthcare on equitable, accessible and affordable basis across regions and communities with special focus on under-served population and marginalized groups.


1. To establish comprehensive primary healthcare delivery system and well functioning linkages with secondary and tertiary care health delivery system.2. To improve maternal and Child Health outcomes.3. To reduce the incidence of communicable diseases and putting in place a strategy to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases.4. To ensure a reduction in the growth rate of population with a view to achieving population stabilization.5. To develop the training capacity for providing human resources for health (medical, paramedical and managerial) with adequate skill mix at all levels.6. To regulate Health service delivery and promote rational use of pharmaceuticals in the Country.

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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare comprises the following departments, each of which is headed by a secretary to the government of India:-
  • Department of Health & Family Welfare
  • Department of Ayush
  • Department of Health Research
  • Department of AIDS Control
Directorate General of Health Services(Dte.GHS) is attached office of the Department of Health & Family Welfare and has subordinate at offices spread all over the country. The DGHS renders technical advice on all medical and public health matters and is involved in the implementation of various health services.
  1. Universal access to Primary Health Care services for all sections of society with effective linkages to secondary and tertiary health care.
  2. Improving Maternal and Child Health.
  3. Focusing on Population stabilization in the Country.
  4. Developing human resources for health to achieve health goals.
  5. Reducing overall disease burden of the society.
  6. Strengthening Secondary and Tertiary Health Care.
Outcome/ Impact of department/ ministry Jointly responsible for influencing this outcome / impact with the following department (s) / ministry(ies) Success Indicator Unit FY 11/12 FY 12/13 FY 13/14 FY 14/15 FY 15/16
1. Improved access to health care services State/ UTs Average number of primary health care centres per 1000 population No. 0.0201 0.022 0.0199 0.0198 0.0197
    Average number of primary health care centres per district No. 37.32 37.45 37.89 38.33 39.03
2. Reduction in Mortality Rate State/UTs Infant mortality rate per thousands live births 44 39 35 31 27
    Crude death rate per thousands population 7.1 7.0 7.0    
3. Improvement in Maternal Health State/UTs Institutional Deliveries as a of Total deliveries % 81.4 82 75 75 75
    Full Immunization (age group 0-12 Month) % 86.9 85 85 86 87
4. Reduction in growth rate of population States/ UTs Total Fertility Rate children born per woman 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.3 2.3
5. Reduction in the burden of communicable and non communicable diseases State/UTs Annual Parasite Incidence (Malaria) per thousands population 1.10 0.85 1.10 under1 under1
    Annual prevalence rate of Leprosy < 10 per Lakh population in High burden Districts (209) No. of - - - 70 70
    Reconstructive Surgeries (Leprosy) performed No. 2570 2548 2700 2700 2700
    New Sputum positive (NSP) Success rate % 88.8 89 89.5 89.5 89.5
6. Development of human resources States/UTs Number of doctors per 1000 population No. 0.074 0.075 0.076 0.077 0.078



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