The Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Civil Hospital, Jalandhar, is set to get a new look with the health department hiring a Canada-based company for the round-the-clock maintenance of the healthcare facility.
The company, Walks and Walks Manage, will undertake the responsibility of maintaining cleanliness at the hospital— both inside and outside the main building.
The company will use machines for cleaning of toilets, bathrooms, corridors, wards, operation theatre and
outpatient department (OPD) rooms of doctors.
It will also deploy 30 security guards at the hospital and other offices as there has been a spurt in incidents of thefts in the recent past.
A control room will also be set up inside the hospital where the company officials operate from and get work from their staff.
A time schedule will be fixed for patients' attendants visiting the hospital.
A senior official of the health department said the company would also take care of greenery around the
hospital which would provide a soothing atmosphere to patients and visitors.
He further said in December last year health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani had expressed unhappiness over the sorry state of affairs at the civil hospital after finding several discrepancies such as leaking water pipes, blocked sewerage and dysfunctional equipment.
Jyani visited the hospital this Thursday again and found no change in its condition.
The official said the state government had already sanctioned Rs 50 lakh in May 2013 against an estimated cost of Rs 3 crore for the renovation of the civil hospital.
The civil hospital, he added, had 129 toilets and tenders worth Rs 46.80 lakh were floated for the renovation works.
The official said since the minister had already announced to make the health facility a "model hospital", the company would start functioning next month. The health minister has already announced this would be replicated at other government hospitals of the state.
GS Sandhu, executive engineer, confirmed the move and said this would help making one of largest government hospitals in state "a model hospital".