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Health is defined as “a state of complete Physical, Mental and Social well being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity”. It is a basic human right that every individual of all societies deserve. Understanding the importance of health in the process of economic and social development and improving the quality of life of its citizens, the Department of Health and Family Welfare is focusing on -
1.Providing basic health care down to the grass root level especially to the rural areas and vulnerable sections of the people. The department is trying its best to enhance the infrastructure, manpower, logistics and capacity building as envisaged in the 11th and 12th 5 years plans, with which it is expected to achieve the targets of vision 2020.
2.With the process of communitization in place in 2002, with support through NRHM in 2006 and other centrally sponsored programmes and strong political commitment of the state, the department has made several achievements and positioned itself to take the department forward towards achieving its goals and objectives.
3.At the time of statehood in 1963 the department inherited a rudimentary infrastructure, with 27 hospitals and 33 Primary Health Centres with a total of 689 hospital beds including a handful of Doctors and Nurses. During the intervening period the department has steadily strived to restructure the health delivery mechanism to provide universal access to equitable, affordable and quality health care responsive to peoples' need. Today the Public health infrastructure has increased to 11 District Hospitals,2 TB and chest Disease hospitals,1 State Mental Health Institute,21 CHCs,128 PHCs, 409 Sub-centres, 3 Big Dispensaries and 1 Subsidiary Health Centres.
4.Through the above mentioned interventions, the health indicators have been steadily improving over the year, as observed in case of Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) from 26 per 1000 live birth in 2009 to 18 in 2014.
5.With the laying of foundation stone of Nagaland Medical college at Kohima on 3rd March 2014 by Hon’ble Chief Minister, Nagaland, the opportunities will be opened for higher studies to the upcoming students in the state.
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