Health Department is the key department entrusted by the people of Punjab with the fundamental responsibility for the health of communities and the entire population. Health Department delivers primitive, preventive as well as curative health care services of Primary Health Care level to Tertiary Health Care level.
The services for Punjab are provided through a well designed infrastructure. Health Department across the province is divided into:
- 2,461 Basic Health Units (BHUs)
- 293 Rural Health Centers (RHCs)
- 88 Tehsil Headquarters Hospitals (THQs)
- 34 District Headquarter Hospitals (DHQs)
- 23 Teaching/ tertiary Care Hospitals
Free of cost consultation, diagnostic facilities and medicines are provided to the patients particularly focusing on the poor and marginalized segments of the society. Health Department also provides free of cost preventive measures including immunization 8 vaccine for preventable diseases like
- Whooping Cough
Besides measures to prevent, treat and control other communicable diseases and Epidemics / Disasters, these vaccines are provided through Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) for children under 2 years and pregnant ladies.
Health Department is producing its own trained and qualified Human Resource keeping the HR development needs and requirements of Health Care Infrastructure in mind.
Health Care Services
Health care services are the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in citizens. Health care services are delivered by specialists in medicine, chiropractic, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, associated health, and other care providers. The health care services represent the efforts put in delivering primary care, secondary care and tertiary care, as well as in public health.
- Preventive Care Services
Preventive care refers to measures taken to prevent diseases, (or injuries) rather than curing them or treating their symptoms. Read more
- Promotive Services
These services are defined as "The process of enabling people to increase control over their health and its determinants, and thereby improve their health". Read more
- Curative Care Services
Curative care is the kind of health care traditionally oriented towards seeking a cure for an existent disease or a medical condition. Read more
- Rehabilitation Services
Rehabilitative services can help people, with disabilities, to get gainfully employed and do away with reliance on others. This includes meeting the physical, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families while incorporating the nursing and rehabilitative processes. Such Services should be provided to all patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings at all levels of care. Read more
Health Care Delivery System
Health sector of Punjab has an extensive network of public and privately managed health infrastructure throughout the province. The Government is by far the major provider of hospital services in rural areas, and it is also the main provider of preventive care throughout the province. The public sector health delivery system is composed of four tiers:
- Outreach and community based services
Outreach and community-based services, which focus on immunization, sanitation, malaria control, maternal and child health and family planning. Read more
- Primary Health Care
The primary care facilities include Basic Health Units (BHUs) and Rural Health enters(RHCs) mainly preventive, outpatient and basic inpatient care. Read more
- Secondary Health Care
Tehsil Headquarters Hospital(THQ) and District Headquarters Hospital(DHQ) for out patient, inpatient and also specialist care. Read more
- Tertiary Care
Tertiary care hospitals located in the major cities for more specialized inpatient care. Read more