Medical and Health Services is primarily concerned about alround
health care of the people and public health services of the territory.
While prevention is our motto necessary steps are taken to control
various communicable and non-communicable diseases. As a result
of concerted efforts and dedicated team work now all the communicable
diseases are under control and action is on to eliminate some of
them. The overall achievement of the health care activities can
be noted from the vital health events. (health
centrally sponsored programme are also implemented by this department.
These schemes are
1. National Malaria Eradication Programme(NMEP).
2. National Filaria Control Programme(NFCP).
3. National Leprosy Elimination Programme(NLEP).
4. National Blindness Control Programme(NBCP).
5. National Tuberculosis Control Programme(NTBCP).
6. National Family Welfare Programme(NFWP).
7. National Iodine Deficiency Control Programme(NIDCP).
8. Reproductive and Child Health Programme(RCH).
9. National Aids Control Programme(NACP).
Apart from regular
outpatient care ward facility is also provided in all PHC's(10 bed
each), CHC's(30 bed each), Govt Hospital, Minicoy(20 beds) and I.G.Hospital,
Kavaratti(50 beds) respectively. While X-ray and Laboratory facilities
are available in all the islands, Ayurveda dispensary is functioning
in Kavaratti and Androth. There is a Homeopathy dispensary in Amini
Island and there is a well equipped dentel care and optalmology
departments in I.G. hospital. Patients requiring specialist consultation
and surgery are evacuated either to Kavaratti referral hospital
or to mainland by the ambulace helicopter. ISRO has provided telemedicine
facility at I.G. hospital Kavaratti. In view of the non-availability
of Specialists to fill the vacant posts periodic rural medical camps
are also organised by the department in various islands. Over the
years department has also undertaken steps to ensure 100% registration
of births and deaths in the territory.
In the promotive
side we are conducting various awareness programmes such as Family
health awarness campaign and school aids education under aids control
programme. Health survey of school children, field visit for assessing
Anemia, Maternal and Child Health Problems, Catract Survey and registration
of eligible couples under Family Welfare Programme. Under Materbal
and Child health regular weekly antenatal clinic is conducted in
all islands. As a result of 100% coverage of Universal Immunisation
Profile(UIP) vaccine preventable diseases like Polio are not reported
from any where in the islands since last 6 years.
of Medical Officers and Para Medicals are available for the public
during not only duty hours in the Hospital's/CHC's/PHC's but also
during emergencies around the clock.
In all health institutions the senior most Medical Officer is the
incharge and can be approached for grievances. At Kavaratti Medical
Superintendent is the in charge of I.G. Hopital. Director of Medical
and Health Services is the overall in charge of the medical institutions
and the directorate is based at Kavaratti. The telephone and fax
numbers of these officers are given separately. (whom
to contact for addressing your health problems)
To enable early
diagnosis and timely treatements we expect from our patients that
they should seek treatment at the early onset of any deseases. We
also expect that they should take regular treatment and complete
the course of treatement for chronic diseases like TB, Leprosy etc.
any side effects noticed should be reported to the Medical Officer
immediately. Patients should not hide any thing
from the Doctor for treatment. In addition to the preventive measures
all citizens should maintain good health by regular exercise
and personal hygiene. We are taking 100% care
so as to make no omission / commission as per Indian Medical Coucil
Act and Medical Code of Ethics.