Premier government-run hospitals in the major cities of Madhya Pradesh have failed to make it to the list for top honours for cleanliness and hygiene under a Union health ministry’s initiative, Kayakalp.
The Shivpuri district hospital, which was adjudged the cleanest and most hygienic hospital, will receive a cash award of Rs 50 lakh.
The district hospitals from Khandwa and Satna that secured the second place jointly will be awarded Rs 20 lakh. The third prize was bagged by six district hospitals including Bhopal’s JP Hospital.
The results of the Kayakalp scheme were announced during a press meet in Bhopal by director of National Health Mission Faiz Ahmed Kidwai and deputy director of urban health Pankaj Shukla on Saturday.
According to Kidwai, hospitals in the major cities, be it Bhopal or Jabalpur, are overburdened with patients from across the state which made it challenging for them to maintain quality.
“Apart from this, many hospital buildings in the major cities are old. Also some of these hospitals in major cities are overshadowed by their respective medical colleges,” he said.
The scheme was launched in May this year to encourage government hospitals to promote cleanliness, hygiene and infection control practices in public health care facilities and to incentivise and recognise such public healthcare facilities that show exemplary performance
“In MP, the Kayakalp scheme was launched in 51 district hospitals on July 6. There was a three-tier screening system for the scheme—first, there was internal assessment by the hospitals, followed by peer assessment and then finally an external assessment,” he said.
Kidwai said that following internal assessment, 37 districts hospitals secured over 70% marks. “In the peer assessment, 14 district hospitals secured over 70% marks, while during the external assessment of these 14 districts, the nine districts received over 70% marks and were selected,” he said.
Director of National Health Mission said the cash award would be provided to the winners in instalments so that these hospitals “consistently worked to improve their grades and maintain high standards.”