Launch of the “Clean Hospital” campaign at the MGMGH

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Month-long campaign to improve government appearance and hygiene. health facilities

Month-long campaign to improve government appearance and hygiene. health facilities

Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital (MGMGH) in Tiruchi has started sprucing up its campus as part of the state government’s month-long initiative to create a more hygienic ambience and patient-friendly experience.

“We have taken the guidelines rolled out as part of the ‘Clean Hospital’ campaign launched on April 1, and we have formed teams within our staff to oversee the planning and execution of the ideas. In fact, this campaign has given a boost to what I hope will be a permanent feature of our hospital,” said K. Vanitha, Dean, K..AP Viswanathan Government Medical College (KAPVGMC). The Hindu.

On Wednesday, Dr Vanitha kicked off the planting of saplings at MGMGH’s 25-acre campus in Puthur. “Having more trees will create a more calming atmosphere for visitors. It will also provide a more environmentally friendly environment for those who work here,” said Dr Vanitha.

The campaign has defined three main areas of action: the cleanliness and maintenance of bathrooms and toilets, the fight against pests, rodents and termites and the prevention of infestations of mosquitoes and stray animals.

The 165-year-old MGMGH is visited by at least 3,500 outpatients every day and has at least 1,700 inpatients. He handles about 40 to 50 deliveries a day.

“We have 450 conservation staff to clean the campus, which has 402 toilets. As part of the “Clean Hospital” campaign, we will adjust the frequency of cleaning shifts based on the waste that accumulates in a particular area. A place that receives litter more often will be cleaned once every two hours, while the others will be cleaned once every three hours,” Dr Vanitha said.

The hospital generates approximately 150 kg of biomedical waste and more than 1,500 kg of non-medical waste per day. Trash cans have been placed throughout campus to streamline waste collection.

“We have a long-standing problem with the hospital’s underground drainage. At least 75% of the pipes have been laid, but we hope that the new pipe will give a new impetus to the drainage works,” the official said.

The hospital is striving to become a zero plastic zone by cracking down on the use of disposable plastics. “We discourage people from bringing plastic bags into the hospital, to limit accumulation of waste. To prevent the spread of infections, we limit the number of people present for patients and also specify strict visiting hours” , said Dr. Vanitha.

To improve the user experience, a park and a dining room for patients and their assistants have been created. Plans are underway to add a sensory garden for children with special needs. Signs have been put in place to clearly indicate the different departments of the hospital.

The “Clean Hospital” campaign is due to end on April 30.

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