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Directorate General Health Services Punjab


Directorate General of Health Services is the main programmatic coordination, implementation and monitoring arm of the provincial Health Department of the Government of Punjab and is headed by the Director General Health Services (DGHS).

The Directorate is responsible for overseeing provision of Primary and Secondary Health Care services throughout the province and liaises with all 36 district health offices in the province. It also provides support and leadership in responding to emergency health and medical issues in the province, especially for communicable disease prevention and control. Collection and dissemination of information, advice to the provincial health department and working with donor partners on their approved agendas with the Department of Health, Government of the Punjab, are also included in the functions of the DGHS.



Objective of Directorate General Health Services Punjab is to improve health status through :

  • Ensuring implementation of global, national and provincial health policies
  • Maintaining delivery of preventive, promotive, curative & rehabilitative health services particularly at primary and secondary levels of care
  • Capacity building and monitoring of districts in planning and Implementation of health services



  • Preventive & Promotive
  • Administrative Activities
  • Regulatory Activities
  • Epidemic Control Activities
  • Preventive & Promotive

Prevention and control of communicable diseases: Malaria, TB, Polio, Measles, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Hepatitis, AIDS, ARI, Diarrhoeal Diseases, Typhoid, Meningitis, Hemorrhagic Fever, Dengue Fever, Leishmaniasis, Rabies, Plague, Influenza, Bird Flu, SARS

  • Prevention & control of epidemics
  • Emergency Preparedness & Response.
  • Maternal Neonatal and Child Health including Family Planning.
  • Health Education & Nutrition Development.
  • Administrative Activities
    • Technical assistance, logistic support, monitoring & evaluation of PHC Programmes, special institutions and district health system
    • Monitoring & supervision of curative and rehabilitative health services at primary and secondary levels of care in districts
    • Staff and Services Management
    • Collection, compilation, and analysis of vital health statistics (DHIS)
    • Supporting alternate medicine (Hikmat & Homeopathy)
  • Regulatory Activities
    • Monitoring of Drugs Quality Control (Licensing, Sampling, DQCB, DTL, PQCB, prosecution, narcotics control)
    • Monitoring of Food Quality Control (District Governments / Public Analyst)
    • Scrutiny of invalidation cases (Invalidation Committees at district level) 
  • Epidemic Control Activities
    • Diseases likely to cause epidemics

Measles, Poliomyelitis, Acute Gastroenteritis, Typhoid, Malaria, Meningitis, Infective Hepatitis, Hemorrhagic Fever, Dengue Fever, Leishmaniasis, Diphtheria & Pertussis, Influenza ( Human & Avian)

  • Epidemic Forecasting
    • Disease Surveillance
    • Disease Early Warning System (DEWS)
  • Epidemic Response
    • District Epidemic Control Committee
    • Provincial Epidemic Control Committee
    • Coordination with line departments


Attached Institutions

Following institutions are attached with Directorate General Health Services Punjab



  • Reduce Child Mortality
  • Improve Maternal Health
  • Combat HIV/AIDS
  • Malaria and Other Diseases
  • Reduce Child Mortality

Reduce under five mortality rate by two thirds, between 1990 and 2015.


  • Under-five mortality rate
  • Infant mortality rate
  • Proportion of fully immunized children aged 12-23 months
  • Prevalence of under-weight children (under 5 years of age)
  • Proportion of children under five who suffered from diarrhoea in the last 30 days and received ORT
  • Lady Health Workers’ coverage of target Population
Sr # Indicators Status 2004 Status 2009 2015 Target
1 Under 5 Mortality rate 112 94 45/1000
2 Infant mortality rate   77 77 40/1000
3 %age of Fully Immunized Children (Target >80%) 66% 80.2% 54%
4 No. of Polio Cases (Target 0) 16 2 1


  • Improve Maternal Health

Reduce by three quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio


  • Maternal mortality ratio
  • Proportion of births attended by skilled birth attendants
  • Contraceptive prevalence rate
  • Total fertility rate
  • Proportion of women 15-49 years who had given birth during last 3 years, and made at least one antenatal care consultation
Sr # Indicators Status 2004 Status 2009 2015 Target
1 Maternal Mortality ratio 300 227 140/100,000
2 Proportion of deliveries attended by SBA 32% 38% > 90%
3 Contraceptive Prevalence Rate 36% 40% 55%
4 %age of TT-II Coverage of Pregnant Women (Target >80%) 38% 73%(evaluated) 38%
  • Combat HIV/AIDS

Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS


  • HIV prevalence among 15-24 year old pregnant women
  • HIV prevalence among vulnerable groups (e.g., active sex workers)
Indicators 2004 2006 2007
Prevalence of AIDS in general population (Target < 1%) - >1% >1%
Prevalence of AIDS in vulnerable population (Target < 5%) (Injecting Drug users) - 2.5-15% 2.5-15%
  • Malaria and Other Diseases

Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases


  • Proportion of population in malaria risk areas using effective malaria prevention and treatment measures
  • Incidence of tuberculosis per 100,000 population
  • Proportion of TB cases detected and cured under Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS)
Indicators 2004 2006 2007
Case Detection Rate of TB (All types) (Target 70%) 32% 63% 74%
Treatment success rate (Target 85%) 81% 85% 90%
Annual Parasite Incidence of Malaria 0.10/1000 0.02/1000 0.03/1000



Director General Health Services, Punjab
24 Cooper Road, Lahore

Phone Numbers: 042-99201140/ 042-99201139
Fax Number: 042-99201142
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