Kids live in a world of their own fancy and conjure up adventures with their beloved cartoon characters. To make paediatric wards in government hospitals more pleasant and engaging for their visitors, the Punjab health department is going to wield the brush and make bare walls of these wards its canvas. Popular cartoon characters including Mickey Mouse, flowers and smileys will adorn paediatric wards in hospitals across the state.
The move is geared towards creating a warm ambience for children, promote institutional deliveries and compete with private hospitals.
“The initiative is for offering a warm welcome and a joyous trip to children visiting the paediatric wards. Usually, children get distressed in hospitals and we want to ensure that they feel happy during the visit,” Hussan Lal, managing director of Punjab Health Systems Corporation.
He further said all civil surgeons and medical superintendents of government hospitals had been asked to get walls of paediatric wards painted with popular cartoon characters, flowers etc in bright colours. The expenses will be borne by the hospitals and sourced from user charges fund.
Lal added that, moreover, well-painted paediatric wards would also attract children and parents to visit government hospitals as private hospitals also painted walls of paediatric wards with beautiful patterns.
Speaking about the first-of-its-kind initiative in government hospitals, civil surgeon Dr Varinder Singh said the idea was to make mothers and children feel safe in the embrace of beautiful wall paintings. Spray of colours and popular cartoon characters would be pleasing to the eyes, he added.
Singh said it was an exciting project for them. “As the department has directed us to complete it soon, we will kick off the project within a few days,” he said.