New Delhi: The All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has proved its mettle not only in medical expertise but also in hygiene and cleanliness. The premier medical institute has bagged the first prize of 3 crore under the government’s Kayakalp scheme for 2018-19. The Kayakalp Award was instituted as part of the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' on 15 May, 2015 as a national initiative to recognize and felicitate public health facilities that demonstrate high levels of cleanliness, hygiene and infection control measure on promoting cleanliness in public spaces.

Under the Central Government Hospitals A category, after AIIMS Delhi, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry was judged as the runner-up in this category with 1.5 crore prize money, and Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh and Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi won the Commendation Award of Rs. 50 Lakh each.

In the group B category, the winner was Shri Vinoba Bhave Civil Hospital (VBCH), Silvassa winning 2 crore, with AIIMS Bhubaneswar as the runner-up winning 1 crore. North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong, Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi Regional Institute of Mental Health (LGBRIMH,) Tezpur and AIIMS, Bhopal each won 50 lakh as Commendation Award.

“Cleanliness is no more a one-time activity but is integrated in our day-to-day practices and should become a habit. Kayakalp has played a pivotal role in reinstating and reconfirming trust and confidence of the community in public health facilities. The zest and zeal shown by the hospitals and their collective efforts in improving cleanliness, hygiene and infection control practices should continue unabated," said Union minister of health and family welfare, Harsh Vardhan.

The health minister also felicitated the District Hospitals, Primary Health Centres (PHC) and Community Health Centres (CHC), wherein 29 hospitals won the First Prize, 14 were awarded the Second Prize and the Third Prize was won by 2 hospitals. In the current year, for the holistic and comprehensive improvement across the health sector, the Kayakalp scheme was extended to private sector health facilities; 11 private health facilities were felicitated at the event.

Over the period, the number of facilities under Kayakalp rose from 750 health facilities in 2015-16 to more than 26,000 facilities in 2018-19. The number of facilities that got the Kayakalp Awards also increased from 97 2015-16 to 1,539 facilities in 2016-17 and 2,962 in 2017-18. For 2018-19, 4,820 healthcare facilities have received Kayakalp Awards.

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