Health Minister JP Nadda Encourages Civil Society Involvement in 'Swachh Bharat' Mission

 NEW DELHI:  Union Health Minister J P Nadda today pitched for involving civil society in the 'Swachh Bharat' mission-related activities of government-run health institutions, so that they can share responsibility for cleanliness of the facility.

"Health institution should invite people, NGOs, voluntary organisations and others to participate in this endeavour and share the responsibility for cleanliness of the health facility. Motivational incentives such as awards should also be instituted for them," he said.

The Union minister today chaired a meeting of the directors and medical superintendents of government hospitals and institutions to review the implementation of 'Kayakalp', an initiative to improve public health facilities under 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'.


Mr Nadda also directed health officials to take rounds insidethe hospital premises, which can improve the cleanliness situation. Mr Nadda was also appraised of the current status of implementation of the programme, according to an official statement.

He said the induction and job training for the housekeeping staff are also needed for the success of this initiative. He also suggested that the decentralisation and self-decision should be promoted with in the hospital administration.

The minister also emphasised on the establishment of a corpus fund at the hospital level for providing greater flexibility to the hospital administration.

In another event, Mr Nadda released a book titled 'Public Health Approaches to Non-communicable Diseases', which has been authored by JS Thakur, professor at the School of Public Health, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh.

The book is a valuable knowledge resource on various public health approaches to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), especially for those who are concerned with health policy, development and implementation of National Programme on NCDs and involved in research, an official statement said.


- The Press Trust Of India