How One Hospital in Amritsar Has Taken up Cleanliness on a War Footing

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The mission of a clean India is clearly visible in this hospital in Amritsar, which is implementing many ways to maintain sanitation and provide a clean environment to its patients.

A civil hospital in Amritsar is following the mission of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by taking various steps to ensure impeccable cleanliness in its premises, and to curb infections from spreading.

The 150-bed Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Civil Hospital recently received the Kayakalap Swachh Bharat Abhiyan award from the state government for the level of sanitation maintained in the hospital.


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In order to keep the hospital clean, the authorities have introduced hi-tech sanitation gadgets, and have also made the chemical treatment of any human fluid compulsory. According to a Times of India report, the SMO of the hospital, Dr. H S Ghai, informed that the hospital had a system to dispose bio medical waste earlier too, but now they have trained every staff member in how to deal with such waste, and how to chemically treat human fluids before discarding them in the sewerage. Earlier, all such fluid used to be simply wiped off by the sweepers, but now the staff has also been trained in treating blood stains on floors and beds chemically. Staff members have been provided with special kits for the same.

The hospital has purchased vacuum cleaners and mopping machines, which can be used to clean the floors instead of manual mopping. The cleanliness responsibility of the hospital complex has also been outsourced for Rs. 5.25 lakh per month. They have also set up a herbal garden where trees with medicinal values are planted.

Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Civil Hospital received a prize money of Rs. 50 lakh, out of which they are donating a sum of Rs. 37.5 lakh to Rogi Kalyan Samiti – a Hospital Management Society which acts as a group of trustees for hospitals to manage their affairs in an effective way. It consists of members from local Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), NGOs, local elected representatives and Government officials who are responsible for proper functioning and management of the hospital. The rest of the amount will be distributed among hospital staff.

Earlier, in May of this year, the government had announced a scheme to award public health facilities based on sanitation, cleanliness and infection control. The awards proposed under the scheme are for the two best district hospitals in each state, two best Community Health Centres (CHC) or sub-district hospitals, and one award for Primary Health Centre in every district.

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