New Delhi: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi has won the first prize of Rs 5 crore, under the Central Government Hospitals category of the Kayakalp awards, for maintaining high standards of sanitation and hygiene.
The North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong got the second prize of Rs 3 crore and the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh received the third prize of Rs 1 crore.
Commendation awards of Rs 50 lakh each were given to AIIMS, Raipur; AIIMS, Jodhpur; and the National Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases (NITRD), Delhi.
At a function held in New Delhi on Wednesday, Union Health Minister J P Nadda also felicitated the district hospitals, Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and Community Health Centres (CHCs) for winning the Kayakalp awards (2016-17) in their respective states and union territory.
“We want to change the image of the public health facilities. The thrust of Kayakalp is to inculcate culture of cleanliness for gaining the trust and confidence of community in these facilities,” said Nadda after giving the awards.
The minister congratulated the awardees and said that many good practices have been initiated like emphasis on good cleaning practices, pest control, measuring infection control etc and healthy competition amongst healthcare facilities is motivating them to go an extra mile in pursuit of excellence.
He further said that the zest and zeal shown by the hospitals and their collective efforts in improving cleanliness, hygiene and infection control practices should continue unabated.
Referring to the ICT based application ‘Mera Aspataal (My Hospital)’ that captures patients’ feedback about their experience in the health facilities on the services that they received or sought to receive, Nadda said that the ministry is seeking the feedback of people digitally to improve the quality of services at the health centres.
“Patient satisfaction is the ultimate test for assessing quality of services provided by a healthcare facility and we are now making a paradigm shift by seeking their views on quality of experience in a public healthcare facility. This will help us in improving the experience of people at a health facility,” Nadda added.
The Kayakalp scheme launched in 2015 covered 10 central government institutions and district hospitals in the year of launch. This year the scheme expanded coverage to 16 central government institutions including 6 new AIIMSs and all Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and Community Health Centres (CHCs). Thus, in the current year the Kayakalp assessment in states covered over 700 district hospitals, over 5,000 CHCs and over 25,000 PHCs.