Kayakalp has played a pivotal role in gaining trust and confidence of community in public health facilities. The Kayakalp programme was launched by the health ministry following PM Narendra Modi’s call to the people of India to realise Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of ‘Swachh Bharat’
“From next year, we will not only name and award hospitals which perform very well under the Kayakalp initiative but will also name those health facilities which will not perform up to the mark on various parameters, including sanitation, waste management and infection control,” Union Health Minister J P Nadda said while giving away awards under the initiative.
During the national felicitation ceremony of Kayakalp awardees (2017-18) for their work in maintaining high standards of sanitation and hygiene in public health facilities, Nadda added, “Kayakalp has been instrumental in inculcating a sense of ‘ownership’ amongst all stake holders. This sense of ‘ownership’ has translated into ‘commitment for Swachhta.’
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.
Nadda said that about 1000 government hospitals are now connected and patients can now give their feedback on various aspects of healthcare services including cleanliness, housekeeping, behaviour of the hospital staff, etc.
Speaking at the function, Anupriya Patel stated that maintenance of the hygiene and cleanliness of health facilities is not only related to aesthetics and patient satisfaction, but it also reduces the incidence of Hospital Acquired Infections.
She further stated that the Health Ministry is collaborating with other ministries to ensure that the goals of sanitation and cleanliness are achieved
This Kayakalp event also signifies the culmination of the Swachhata Pakhwada for year 2018 observed by the Ministry from 1st April to 15th April, 2018. Kayakalp – Award to Public Health Facilities” was instituted as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on May 15, 2015 as a National Initiative to give Awards to those public health facilities that demonstrate high levels of cleanliness, hygiene and infection control focuses on promoting cleanliness in public spaces.
The initiative was started with District Hospitals and 10 Central Government Institutes in 2015. In 2016, CHC, SDH, PHC, and 6 new AIIMS were added. Last year, urban health facilities along with 21 Central Government Institutes also joined the mission of Swachhta.