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State and District Health Centres

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The State Health Society plays a key role in the accomplishment of the goal set by the National Rural Health Mission. This society was launched by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2005 to provide effective health care to the rural population throughout the country with special focus on 18 states with weak public health indicators. Some of these weaker States are Bihar, Rajasthan, Manipur, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.

Here are details about State health societies in a few States
  • Kerala: The Kerala Health Research and Welfare Society was formed in 1973 and registered as a Charitable Society under the Travancore Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act XII of 1955. The main objective of the Society is to associate with the Government of Kerala for rendering better facilities to the patients in government hospitals. This includes the construction of paywards with the help of financial institutions and to take up specific construction works in the field of child and undertake any other works as directed by the government.
  • Bihar: The State Health Society of Bihar is located in the city of Patna. It is responsible for implementing various schemes of the government such as the Anaemia Control Programme, Filaria Control, Leprosy Eradication and Routine Immunization Programme. The State Health Society of Bihar has a number of sub societies to promote health at the local level.
  • Himachal Pradesh: As part of sectoral reforms to undertake integration of resources and avoid overlapping, the State government merged all the six health societies in the State into the State Health and Family Welfare Society. The societies that were merged into State Health and Family Welfare Society were State AIDS Control Society, the Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP), the Society for Prevention of Blindness, the Leprosy Control Society, the State Tuberculosis Control Society and the Reproductive Child Health Society.
  • Rajasthan: Rajasthan State Health Society serves in an additional managerial and technical capacity to the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Rajasthan for the implementation of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in the State. The area of operation of the society is the whole of the State and has its office in Jaipur.
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District Health Centres
At district level, health administration consists of a number of officers and doctors who on an average handle 10–15 hospitals, 30–60 primary health centres and 300–400 sub centres. The entire system is a complex arrangement, which results in a number of vertical channels of information and multiplicity of agencies. Every district also has a civil hospital to cater to the health needs of the people of that district. Here is a list of district health centres in a few states.

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