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Financial rewards for keeping Indian public health facilities clean
An awards programme that offers financial reward in an effort to promote hygiene in public health facilities, was the subject of a workshop held in Srinagar, India, last week.
During the workshop, the Minister for Health & Medical Education, Chaudhary Lal Singh, asked delegates to dedicate themselves to improving cleanliness in public health facilities.
He directed Health Department officers to follow protocols and processes to the letter and uphold the spirit for maintaining cleanliness and hygiene. This will help public health facilities attain National Quality Standards pertaining to cleanliness. The Minister said the initiative would encourage every public health facility in the state, to work towards achieving standards of excellence to help the facilities stay clean and hygienic.
Outlining the awards programme, Dr Mohan Singh, mission director, National Health Mission, J & K (Jammu and Kashmir), explained that health institutions will be awarded on the six areas of facility upkeep, sanitation & hygiene, waste management, infection control, hospital support services and hygiene promotion; for which the best district hospital in the State would be awarded Rs 50 lakh (about £50,000) and a commendation award of Rs 3 lakh (about £3,000) each given to the two highest rated district hospitals scoring more than 70%.
According to the report in the Excelsior Correspondent, the workshop was attended by Dr Abdul Kabir Dar, director general ISM, Dr Sameer Mattoo, director health services, Kashmir, Dr Baldev Raj Sharma, director family welfare, J&K, Dr Saleem-Ur-Rehman, project director, J&K State AIDS Control Society, chief medical officers, medical superintendents, deputy chief medical officers of Kashmir Division, and other senior officers of Health & Medical Education Department.
15th October 2015