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The first modern dispensary was started in 1874 at Amini without any infrastructure or facility. People were reluctant to make use of modern medicine. Today we have progressed remarkably. Please go through our site for details.

Lakshadweep is an archipelago with a land area of 32Sq.Kms. and is comprised of 10 inhabited islands and 17 uninhabited islands, attached islets and 5 submerged reefs. The inhabited islands are Kavaratti, Minicoy, Androth, Agatti, Amini, Kalpeni, Kadmath, Kiltan, Chetlath and Bitra. They lie about 220 to 440kms from Kerala coast and at a distance of varying from 6 to 350kms from one another. Kavaratti is the head quarter. These islands are linked with mainland by mechanised vessels, ships, Helicopters and Indian Airlines Services.

According to 2001 census the Lakshadweep has a population of 60595, which includes 31118 male and 29437 female.

In the past, epidemics like cholera and smallpox used to take a heavy toll of lives. Leprosy and Filariasis were also rampant. Lack of facilities and doctors besides ignorance and isolation caused by the difficulties of transportation and communication were the main reasons for the slow developments of health services. After the independence, it has reached a fairly high level of standard and soundness.The level of achievements attained in the implementation of the various national programmes for control / eradication of diseases and also of family welfare programme including universal immunisation programme and maternal and child health activities has helped this U.T. to reduce the mortality rates and improve the health status of the people there by the maternal mortality rate has been reduced considerably, Life expectancy is enhanced. Today the infant mortality rate is as low as 25(National 66) and the maternal mortality is below 1 (National 4).


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