Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Tamil Nadu has the distinction of having been the first State to have a separate set up and Directorate exclusively for Public Health. Through this Directorate, the Government has been focusing on preventive and primitive health measure using this department as the base with interventions aimed to prevent and manage diseases, injuries and other health conditions through surveillance and promotion of healthy behavior among communities and environmental public hygiene Functions of Public Health include Health Promotion through healthy behavior, prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases, organising of community based high quality health services with focus on maternal and child health empowering public to make healthy decisions, disaster prevention and management and ensure the availability of a competent public health workforce.
The Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine of Tamil Nadu, formed during 1923, is engaged in the above said context in protecting, promoting the health of people, by immunization, health education, application of hygiene and sanitary measures and monitoring of drinking water quality and environmental hazards also and thereby reducing the burden of morbidity, mortality and disability in the State.
Infrastructure of Primary Health Centres (PHC):
A Primary Health Centre (PHC) in rural area is established for a population of about 30,000 in plain areas and 20,000 in hilly areas. Now, time to care concept is also considered for remote and interior areas. Karur has 32 Primary Health Centres of which 32 PHCs are functioning in Government Buildings. To improve the availability of Primary Health Care services to the urban poor, 5 Urban PHCs are functioning under the control of the Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.
Details of various operational schemes
The Deputy Director,
O/o Deputy Director of Health Services,
II – Floor,
Collectorate Annexure Building,
Karur – 639007