The Public Health Division is one of the key Divisions in GHS. The Division leads and ensures development and implementation of policies and strategic plans and programmes that protect, promote and improve public health and contribute to the overall health and socio-economic status of families and communities. It is responsible for:
Safeguarding and improving the health of the general population / communities
Developing public health interventions targeted at people in communities
Promoting general socio-economic development, preventing diseases, promoting healthy practices, treating diseases (especially mass treatment), and rehabilitating patients afflicted with diseases
Developing partnerships with relevant stakeholders
The priorities of the Division include:
Strengthening epidemiological surveillance on priority diseases
Ensuring early detection and effectively controlling epidemic prone and priority endemic diseases
Strengthening routine immunization through the Reaching Every Child (REC) approach.
The Division is headed by a Director and has the following two main Departments under it:
Disease Surveillance Department
Disease Control and Prevention Department
Each of these Departments is headed by a Deputy Director. The Departments also have several programmes, Units and Sections under them. The programmes are headed by Programme Managers.
Apart from the afore-mentioned two main Departments, there are other two Units, which fall under the Division but are yet to be upgraded into Departments. The Units are: