The cleanliness bug seems to have caught on. Inspired by KEM Hospital doctors, who joined sweepers to clean the hospital's paan stained corridors on Monday, the deans of Nair and Sion Hospitals are also working out strategies to make their campuses cleaner.
"We want all hospital employees to be partners and keep Nair Hospital clean. We are already creating awareness about the importance of a clean environment during staff workshops. We will formulate a plan of action soon," said Dr Ravi Rananware, dean of Nair Hospital. At KEM Hospital, the clean-up campaign Ekatra yeu, swachch theu (Let's Unite to Clean Up) will continue till September 11.
"All hospital employees who are interested will join hands to clean the hospital from 7.30am to 11am daily till September 11," said Dr Sanjay Oak, dean of KEM.
On Monday, Dr Oak and around 300 doctors joined the sweepers and ward boys to clean up the casualty and emergency medical services (EMS) area. This is the most crowded part of the hospital, especially during monsoon. “We hope that patients and their relatives will be inspired to maintain cleanliness when they see doctors doing that," said Dr Oak.
Patients waiting for X rays cribbed about the water collected outside the radiology department while the staff washed the staircase nearby. A single morning's scrub was not enough to clean the campus of the overcrowded hospital. While the EMS floor looked clean, bits of paper and wrappers were still lying around the corners.
"There is a lot of absenteeism and lack of motivation among the sweepers who are responsible for keeping the hospital clean. If we force them, they will go on strike. We hope to change their attitude," said Oak.
Around 116 of the 706 posts for sweepers at KEM Hospital are vacant. The BMC is in the process of filling them up.
Dr Oak hopes that the government and civic body will enforce the no smoking and no spitting policy in hospitals.