The department of Health at the District Assembly level consists of the office of the District Medical Officer of Health.

The functions of the Department of Health:

  • Advise on the construction and rehabilitation of clinics and health centers or facilities;
  • Assist in the operation and maintenance of all health facilities under the jurisdiction of the regional and district coordinating council;
  • Assist to undertake health education and family immunization and nutrition programmes;
  • Coordinate works of health centers or posts or community-based health workers;
  • Facilitate collection and analysis of data on health;
  • Promote and encourage good health and sanitation;
  • Facilitate diseases control and prevention;
  • Advise on management of the sick;
  • Assist to formulate, plan and implement district health policies within the framework of national health policies and guidelines provided by the Minister of Health;
  • Provide reports on the implementation of policies and programmes relating to health in the District Assembly;
  • Advise the Assembly on all matters relating to health including diseases in the district;
  • Advise on the: appointment, discipline, posting and transfer of health personnel within the district; formulation and appointment of District Health management Committee, Advisory Boards, Committee of District Hospital, Polyclinics and Health Centers; supervision and control of all district health Institutions; and collection of health statistical data and other relevant information;
  • Advise on the licensing and regulation of provision of medical care services by the private sector in the district;
  • Facilitate activities relating to mass immunization and screening for diseases treatment in the district.

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