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Indian Govt to Improve Sanitation in Central Government Hospitals
Source: newkerala.com
Source Date: Friday, April 09, 2010
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: India
Created: Apr 12, 2010

New Delhi, Apr 9 : The Health Ministry has signed an MOU with Max Healthcare Institute Limited to provide training to the housekeeping and sanitation staff of all three Central Government hospitals to improve the housekeeping and overall sanitation standards in the hospitals like Safdarjung Hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Lady Harding Medical College.

The training will be imparted in a phased manner over a period of 5-7 months. About 230 personnel in each hospital will be trained under this programme.

Speaking at the launch of this training programme at Safdarjung Hospital here today, Health Secretary Sujatha Rao exhorted the housekeeping staff to bring about the level of change so that it becomes a standard in housekeeping and sanitation of public hospitals.

She made a mention of the Shaheed Hospital in Chhattisgarh. This hospital was instituted and being run privately by the employees of Coal India for providing healthcare to people in the area who were not the employees of the public sector and did not have access to healthcare facilities.

She said the enormous spirit and zeal to serve people around the area has resulted in Shaheed Hospital what it is today. ''When they can do it, we also can do it.'' Dr Parvez, the Chief Executive Officer of the Max Healthcare remembered he had done his internship at Safdarjung Hospital 40 years ago. It is a privilege to be associated with the Government of India in such a path-breaking initiative. Max Healthcare will provide training to the staff in a systematic manner, he added.

The training will commence with assessment of initial baseline procedures and sanitation levels of each hospital by Max Healthcare staff consisting of housekeeping managers, HR personnel, Infection Control Nurses and Quality control personnel. Standard operating procedures and job descriptions for each member of the government hospital sanitation staff will then be developed and assigned, based on best practices which will be followed by these hospitals in the long run.

A 'Train the Trainer' programme will then commence for 30 Supervisory Staff, which will consist of Leadership Development and Technical Module, followed by training on the developed standard operating procedures. Thereafter assessment and training of 200 ground level staff will be undertaken on Technical Module and the developed standard operating procedures.

Max Healthcare will conduct a comprehensive 'Clean Hospital Campaign' with the support of hospital authorities. Government hospital sanitation staff will also be training on hand hygiene technique method, Needle Stick Injury precautions and proper usage of heavy industry gloves, masks etc.
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