KAYAKALP: AWARDING HOSPITALS HYGIENE
Public health care facilities are a major mechanism of social protection to meet the healthcare needs of large segments of the population. Cleanliness and hygiene in hospitals are critical to preventing infections and also provide patients and visitors with a positive experience and encourages moulding behaviour related to clean environment. As the first principle of healthcare is “to do no harm” it is essential to have our healthcare facilities clean and to ensure adherence to infection control practices. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has on October 2, 2014 launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan which focuses on promoting cleanliness in public spaces. In a contribution to Prime Minister’s flagship programme ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has launched a national initiative to give awards to those public health facilities that demonstrate high levels of cleanliness, hygiene and infection control.
The first-of-its-kind scheme launched by Union Health & Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda is christened ‘Kayakalp’. Based on the set criterion, prize winners will receive a cash award with a citation. First rank and second rank awardees at district level hospital will get Rs. 50 lakh and Rs. 20 lakh respectively. While Rs 15 lakh and Rs 10 lakh are proposed for community health centres/ sub district hospitals for the same criteria and winner at primary health centre will get Rs 2 lakh under this scheme. Certificate of Commendation plus cash award would also be given to such facilities that score over 70 per cent, but do not make it to the list of top two/one in a particular year, which is proposed as Rs 3 lakh for district hospital, Rs 1 lakh for community health centres/sub district hospitals and Rs 50, 000 for primary health centre.
The Kayakalp initiative aims to incentivise facilities that show exemplary performance in adhering to standard protocols of cleanliness and infection control, as well as inculcate a culture of performance review as regards to hygiene, cleanliness and sanitation. The number of awards proposed under the scheme is for two best district hospitals in each state, two best community health centres (CHC) or sub-district hospitals, which would be limited to one in small states. Apart from these categories, under the third category, the ministry will felicitate one primary health centre in every district.
Under the Kayakalp programme, more than a dozen Central government health institutions are also competing for the first prize of Rs 5 crore, second prize of Rs 3 crore and third prize of Rs One crore.
A state-level award committee will be constituted under the health secretary or mission director, while a three to fivemember committee at the district-level will be constituted under the district magistrate or the Chief Medical Officer (CMO).
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