The Government of Punjab is making strenuous efforts for a better and effective Health Care system .The Defining step in this direction was to recognize the importance of Health Care at Primary & Secondary Levels. As a first step towards better health care at primary and secondary level, a separate department was created. The basic mandate of Primary & Secondary Health Department is to focus on preventive health care in primary sector along with basic diagnostics and treatment facilities at secondary level. The context is to primarily lessen the load on tertiary care health facilities.
The major challenge for Primary & Secondary Health Department is to boost the confidence of general public in the primary health care system. The reality is that most of the institutions at secondary level are not currently providing health care services up to the desired level, owing to multiple factors including large patient influx, scarcity of resources, human resource deficiency and non-functional equipment.
Due to lack of planning and monitoring, the past efforts did not conclude in the shape of integrated health care regime rather these have resulted in haphazard construction, poor maintenance, lack of basic facilities, absence of waiting areas and shabby outlook. Resultantly the patients prefer to visit tertiary level hospitals for treatment of even very common ailments.
With this in view, the department under the guidance of CM Punjab has decided to launch massive revamping of 40 THQ & DHQ Hospitals in the current financial year.
Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department (P&SHD) delivers quality healthcare services to the community through an efficient and effective service delivery system that is accessible, equitable, culturally acceptable, affordable and sustainable. P&SHD aims to improve the health and quality of life of all, particularly women and children, through access to essential health services.
The Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department strives to reform and strengthen the critical aspects of the health systems and enable it to:
- Provide and deliver a basic package of quality essential health care services
- Develop and manage competent and committed health care providers
- Generate reliable health information to manage and evaluate health services
- Adopt appropriate health technology to deliver quality services
- Finance the costs of providing basic health care to all
- Reform the health administration to make it accountable to the public