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
Understanding the importance of health in the process of
economic and social development and improving the quality of life of
citizens, the department of health and family welfare is focusing on
providing basic health care down to the grassroots level.
Since the inception of the department in 1965,it has come a long
way in providing better health care facilities to the people of the state.
With the launching of NHRM in the state in 2006,t he department is
endeavoring to fill in the critical gaps through appointment of additional
manpower such as doctors, nurses, paramedics as well as support in terms of
up gradation of health units. NHM has also integrated the existing programs
of health and family welfare department along with other national programs.
The health situation has considerably improved as reflected by Infant
Mortality Rate at 12 per 1000 live birth in comparison to National status at
58, while Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) is 168 per 1 lakh live birth as
compared to National status at 42.
During the years the department has notified 109 (one hundred
and nine) sub-centres and 8 (eight) existing sub-centres were upgraded to
Primary Health centres (PHC’s) in 2015-16 and 2016-17 to provide proper
medical facilities in the rural areas. The overall public health
infrastructure in the state has increased to 11 district hospitals,2 TB &
Chest disease hospitals,1 State Mental Health Institute,21 CHC’s, 135
PHC’s, 1 SHC, 511 Sub-Centre and 2 big dispensaries.
The present set up of the department is headed by a cabinet
minister and commissioner & Secretary to the govt. of Nagaland at the state
level and a principal Director with 2 (two) Directors in the Directorate