The King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital in Mumbai has constituted a Committee on Food, Hygiene, and Cleanliness (CFHC) to ensure the cleanliness of the hospital premises. This committee will also keep a close watch on the clean water supply and hygiene of food in canteens. The committee has been conferred with the powers to take appropriate action if any objectionable situation is observed.
Recently the doctors in the hospital were contracted with dengue. After that, the issue of cleanliness in hospital premises had gained the necessary momentum.
“We usually have cleanliness drives and CFHC is an initiative which will continue. It is to ensure cleanliness and hygiene in the hospital premises,” said Dr Avinash Supe, Dean, KEM Hospital.
Under this committee, all Heads of the department have been given the prime responsibility to keep vigilance towards the cleanliness of the departmental premises and appoint a cleanliness officer who will comply with the vigilance officer under CFHC for the concern premises.
“Cleanliness is very necessary for our health. It has to be maintained on both personal as well as community level. In order to keep the KEM campus clean and safe, we have constituted this committee,” said Dr. Ravindra Deokar, Associate professor Forensic Medicine and Secretary of CFHC. Dr Deokar said that the decision is not taken after the Dengue cases of resident doctors came forward. “We were planning this initiative prior to that. It just happened at the same time,” he added.
All vigilance officers under CFHC are asked to prepare a regular report on cleanliness status of the premises and submit it to the president.
On September 28, a cleanliness drive was arranged in KEM with Central Excise Department under CFHC.