Commissionerate of Health

Public Health

Rural Health

The concept of Primary Health Centre (PHC) is not new to India. The Bhore Committee in 1946 gave the concept of a PHC as a basic health unit to provide as close to the people as possible, an integrated curative and preventive health care to the rural population with emphasis on preventive and promotive aspects of health care.

Urban Health

Gujarat is third most urbanized states in India. Rapid industrialization and consequential economic migration into Gujarat has accelerated urban growth that has resulted in increased number of slum settlements in and around urban areas with a sizable number of BPL population. Government of Gujarat has taken an initiative of creating a system of primary healthcare service delivery in urban areas to cater to the needs of Urban Poor through Urban Health Project.

District Urban Health Units (DUHU) has been formulated in all district expect DANG. Guidelines for formation of Executive Committee and Governing Body also been provided to facilitate constitution of such bodies at district level.

Epidemic Control

Epidemic branch at the Commissionerate of Health deals with Communicable Diseases, i.e. Waterborne Diseases such as Cholera, Gastroenteritis, Typhoid and Infective Hepatitis, Zoonotic Diseases like, Plague and Leptospirosis,CCHF. Arthropod borne diseases like, Viral Encephalitis, Air Borne Disease like Meningococcal Meningitis, Influenza-A (H1N1) and provides health relief services in the wake of natural calamities like heavy rain, floods, drought, cyclone, chemical & biological disasters etc. to prevent post calamity disease outbreak. Epidemic Branch monitors the current epidemic situation in the State and feedback is given on the reports received. Necessary help is provided in the form of technical, financial, material and manpower as and when required.

National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme

Gujarat is considered as one of the endemic states for malaria in the country. In 1953 National Malaria Control Programme was introduced in the state with an objective to eradicate the disease. The anti-parasitic as well as anti-vector measures undertaken under National Malaria Eradication Programme has brought down the malaria incidence to a very low level with no death. However in subsequent years reversal of the trend was observed.

Leprosy Elimination

Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by M. Leprae, an acid-fast, rod shaped bacillus. The disease mainly affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosa of the upper respiratory tract and also the eyes, apart from some other structures.

Leprosy has afflicted humanity since time immemorial. It once affected every continent and it has left behind a terrifying history and human memory of mutilation, rejection and exclusion from society.

Blindness Control

Blindness is a major public health problem in most developing countries where eye care facilities are still limited. Cataract is the leading cause, accounting for50% to 70 % of total blindness. India was the first country in the world to launch blindness prevention related programme as early as1963 i.e. National Programme for tTrachoma Control. After few changes in the names, this programme has been redesignated since1976 as "National Programme for Control of Blindness" (NPCB) .In Gujarat NPCB is active since1978.

National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) that most often affect the lungs. Tuberculosis is infectious disease but curable and preventable. TB is spread from person to person through the air. When people with lung TB cough, sneeze or spit, they propel the TB germs into the air. A person needs to inhale only a few of these germs to become infected.

Health Education

To carry out health education of the various social groups of population, a scheme was formulated in 1959. Under this scheme State Health Education Bureau was formed with central assistance.

Disaster Management

The increasing incidences of disasters across the globe are creating a devastating impact on lives, property and livelihood of people. Disaster preparedness entails varied forms of actions on various fronts. One such measure is the formulation of disaster preparedness plans not only at the national, state and the district level but also percolating to the community level.

Disaster preparedness involve two key elements namely, the event and people vulnerable to it. Hence preparedness assume significance, to strengthen the abilities, capacities to predict, and wherever feasible, prevent disasters, reduce the impact and facilitate response and handle the consequences of disasters at various level.

Postpartum Programme

Postpartum programmes have been implemented in all the states of India since 1969. Postpartum programmes have been started in all hospitals offering antenatal servicesunder the family welfareservices. The main aim of this programme is to encourage acceptance of family planning techniques by couples during the reproductive age of the woman.It especially aims at motivating the females reaching the hospital for prenatal, antenatal & postpartum services,to accept contraception.

Performance Monitoring and Control Centre (PMCC)

Health care system must deliver high-quality care, comply with regulatory requirements and enhance patient/community satisfaction while trying to reduce costs and enhance efficiencies. It can improve performance through a Performance Management Analysis tool that continuously integrates transactional and analytical data across departments and service levels. The tool enables superior decision-making, planning and execution.

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Shri J. P. Gupta, IAS
Dr. Jayanti S. Ravi, IAS

Principal Secretary (PH) & Commissioner,
Public Health and Family Welfare

Who’s Who

Dr. Prakash Vaghela

Additional Director,

Public Health and Family Welfare

Mr. H M Parmar (I\C)

Under Secretary

Public Health

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