New Delhi, Oct 1: Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda said on Monday cleanliness and sanitation should not be one-time activity but should become a part of one's daily life.
After inaugurating the ‘Swacchta Mela’ at AIIMS, here, Nadda said all hospitals and government health facilities should endeavor to maintain cleanliness and hygiene throughout the year. Nadda also administered the “Swachhta Pledge” to the participants and volunteers.
The Union Health Minister also unveiled the new poster series on anti-spitting, anti-littering and a DVD of short film on Bio Medical Waste Management (BMW) “TOTO Ki Pathashala” at the function.
Nadda urged the people to internalise cleanliness and inculcate hygiene as a matter of lifestyle. He stated that sanitation was a key determinant of health and a clean and hygienic environment hugely contributes to preventing many diseases like diarrhea, lymphatic filariasis, trachoma among others.
He reiterated the importance of preventive and promotive health. Kayakalp has played a pivotal role in gaining trust and confidence of community in public health facilities, he said.
“It involves a continuous process of assessment of facilities on predefined criteria and has proved to be a successful intervention,” Nadda said.
He added that the zest and zeal shown by the hospitals and their collective efforts in improving cleanliness, hygiene and infection control practices should continue unabated.
The Union Health Minister informed that the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) has decided to consider assessment of healthcare facilities in the private sector on the lines of parameters of Kayakalp Scheme.
Swachhta Mela is being organised by Department of Hospital Administration on October 1 and 2 as welfare activity for the Swachhta Senanis (hospital housekeeping and sanitation staff) to express gratitude towards their dedication, hard work and untiring efforts in keeping AIIMS Clean & Green.
Prof Randeep Guleria, Director AIIMS, New Delhi, Dr Vijaydeep Siddharth, AIIMS Swacchta Abhiyan, Dr D K Sharma, Medical superintendent, AIIMS along with other senior officers and faculty were also present at the event. (UNI)