Healthcare in Puducherry

The Department of Health and Family Welfare (Nalavazhi Thurai) functioning under the Government of Puducherry is responsible for delivering quality health care in the union territory of Puducherry. The department is headed by none other than the Hon'ble Chief Minister of the union territory Shri N. Rangasamy assisted by a health secretary and a director.

The union territory is a leading health care base in South India with the presence of a lot of world-class health care facilities like Jawahar Institute of Post-Grauduate Education and Research, popularly called as Jipmer in Gorimedu area, Indira Gandhi Government General Hospital And Post Graduate Institute at Victor Simonal Street, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences at Kalapet and many other trusted facilities.
Health in Puducherry

Puducherry is way ahead in a lot of national-level patterns pertaining to health care. For instance, the union territory features bright figures when equated to the national median when it is about health indicators. The same goes with the infant mortality as the rate of infant mortality in Puducherry is 22 while the national-level median is 30 according to the eleventh five-year plan 2007 - 2012.

In a recent report presented by the Department of Health and Family Welfare of Puducherry states that the union territory has been declared the most effective health care delivery system in the nation with the local population getting comfortable approach to medical aid within a median distance of less than 0.733 miles. The present scenario of health care delivery in Puducherry include

Primary Health Centres (PHCs)

Primary health centres shortly called PHCs offer common health care to the population of the union territory through 39 extensive primary health centres. Additionally, Puducherry houses 77 sub centres that offer health care and nursing services like anti-rabies vaccinums for acute viral disease of the nervous system, insulin shots for sugar patients, anti-snake vaccinums for snake bites and so on. The primary health centres of Puducherry are Internet powered, and a second auxiliary nurse accoucheuse has also been appointed.

Community Health Centres (CHCs)

Community Health Centres shortly referred as CHCs offer secondary health care services to the population of the union territory. At present, Puducherry houses four community health centres in its administrative limits. The CHCs of Puducherry include Karikalampakkam CHC, Mannadipet CHC, Thirunallar CHC and Pallor CHC.  The community health centres in Puducherry offer advanced health care services to the rural side of the territory, and special clinics are guided to aid contain sugar complaint and high blood pressure of patients.

Tertiary Care

Tertiary Care happens at the Government general hospitals, which play a determinative role in the health care facilities of the union territory. Teritary Care is the principal referral establishment for primary and secondary healthcare facilities for Puducherry. At present, Puducherry union territory houses eight Government general hospitals in Pondicherry, Yanam, Mahe and Karaikal region that offer specialty and super-specialty medical services to patients. As a matter of fact, almost 5200 patients are handled each day, and the infirmaries are fitted out with state of the art medical facilities like research laboratories, operation theatres and certified blood banks.

Preventive and Curative Health Care

The Department of Health and Family Welfare of Puducherry has introduced a lot of preventive and curative health programs for tuberculosis (TB), Hansen's disease Control (leprosy), vector-borne disease control (illness caused by an infectious microbe), cecity control (blindness) and dental wellness schemes and many other health programs.

Some of the Health Programmes introduced by the Department of Health and Family Welfare of Puducherry include:
  • Family Welfare Programme
  • National Anti Malaria Programme
  • National Filaria Control Programme
  • National Programme for Control of Blindness
  • National Leprosy Elimination Programme
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Centre
  • Pondicherry AIDS Control Society

General Hospitals of Union Territory of Puducherry

  • Indira Gandhi Govt. General Hospital & Post Graduate Institute, Pondicherry
  • Rajiv Gandhi Women and Children Hospital, Pondicherry
  • Govt. Hospital for Chest Diseases, Pondicherry
  • Mahatma Gandhi Leprosy Hospital, Pondicherry
  • ESI Hospital, Pondicherry
  • General Hospital, Karaikal
  • General Hospital, Mahe
  • General Hospital, Yanam
Note: In all the General Hospitals, telemedicine and ambulance services are available

Important Contact Information

Hon'ble Health Minister
Shri N. Rangasamy
Phone Number: 0413-2333399

Health Secretary
Shri G. Ragesh Chandra, I.A.S
Phone Number: 0413-2334082, Fax: 91-413-2334082

Department of Health & Family Welfare Services
The Director
Main Block of the Old Maternity Hospital Complex, Victor Simonel Street,
Puducherry- 605001
Phone Number: 0413-2229355, Fax: 0413-2339351
Email: [email protected]
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