Health Ministry (MOH): Role & Function of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

History of Health Ministry: On August 7, 2014, New Delhi issued an exceptional Gazette notification in Part II Section-3, Sub Section (ii). On Thursday, August 7, 2014, the Department of AIDS Control combined with the Department of Health and Family Welfare to form the National AIDS Control Organization. According to the Cabinet Secretariat, the Department of AYUSH has been renamed the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy with a focus on the development of education and research in Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy systems. 

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare now consists of two ministries, each led by a Secretary to the Government of India:

The Directorate General of Health Services is an affiliated office of the Department of Health and Family Welfare with subordinate offices throughout the country. The DGHS provides technical guidance on all medical and public health issues and participates in the delivery of various health services.

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Role of Health Ministry

The Ministry of Health would be responsible for developing health policy such as establishing national standards for healthcare delivery and Providing strategic guidance for healthcare delivery, Monitor and assessing the delivery of health services by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and Teaching Hospitals, as well as other agencies, development partners, and the private sector, Create policies for the country’s use of Traditional and Alternative Medicine, GOG, Health Insurance, and the international community are all sources of funding for care delivery, Allocate resources to the Ministry’s health-care delivery entities, Provide a framework for the development and management of healthcare human resources, Provide a framework for the effective and efficient procurement, distribution, management, and use of commodities, works, and services in the health sector, Make recommendations for the revision and adoption of health legislation and Provide a framework for the regulation of food, pharmaceuticals, and the delivery practices of health care services.

Current Affairs of Health Ministry 

RaktDan Mahotsav: The union Health minister will kick off the Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav, a statewide blood donation drive. This year’s Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav is a nationwide voluntary blood donation drive that will take place from September 17 to October 1. This unique blood donation drive will be held in conjunction with the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

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This mega drive can be registered by utilizing the E-Raktkosh portal and the Arogya Setu app. On a single day, the state-wide drive hopes to collect up to 1 lakh units of blood from voluntary blood donors. 350 ml equals one unit of blood. A normal healthy litter has 5 to 6 liters of blood and can donate blood once every three months.