‘Kayakalp aspires to inculcate the culture of cleanliness to gain trust and confidence of community in public health facilities’ This was stated by B P Sharma, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare during the felicitation ceremony of Kayakalp awardees for their work in maintaining high standards of sanitation and hygiene in public health facilities. He further added, “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 congratulated the awardees and said that infection control protocolsat 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 endeavor 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. Under the Central Government Hospitals category, the first prize of Rs 5 Crore was given to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, the second prize of Rs 3 Crore was given to the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi and the third prize of Rs 1 Crore was given to North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong. The objectives of the Kayakalp award scheme are to promote cleanliness, hygiene and infection control practices in public health care facilities, to incentivize and recognize such public healthcare facilities that show exemplary performance in adhering to standard protocols of cleanliness and infection control, to inculcate a culture of ongoing assessment and peer review of performance related to hygiene, cleanliness and sanitation, to create and share sustainable practices related to improved cleanliness in public health facilities linked to positive health outcomes.