New Delhi: The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh has won the first prize of Rs 5 crore under the Central Government Hospitals category of the Kayakalp awards. The awards felicitate public health facilities for maintaining high standards of sanitation and hygiene.
The second prize of Rs 3 crore was given to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and the third prize of Rs 1 crore was bagged by the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong, according to an official statement.
The main objective of the Kayakalp award scheme is to promote cleanliness, hygiene and infection control practices in public health care facilities.
“Kayakalp aspires to inculcate the culture of cleanliness to gain trust and confidence of community in public health facilities,” said union health secretary B P Sharma during the felicitation ceremony of Kayakalp awardees.
He further said, “With Kayakalp, we are taking a significant step towards achieving the goal of Swachch Bharat, as clean hospitals form an integral component of the larger mission of Clean India.”
The health secretary said infection control protocols at hospitals, which are a part of the Kayakalp scheme, shall contribute to lowering the morbidity and mortality rates in the country.
He also added that all hospitals and government health facilities should endeavour to maintain cleanliness and hygiene throughout the year.
This year the awards were given to the central government hospitals and district hospitals from 26 big states. Starting from next year, primary health centres (PHCs) and community health centres (CHCs) will also be awarded, according to the statement.