Today we will discuss about “Kayakalp scheme” launched by Central Govt of India (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare). For examinations like UPSC, SSC etc. they can throw questions from this scheme that is dedicated for public health. This scheme does not apply only to physical cleanliness, but to develop and put in place systems and procedures for activities such as bio-waste disposal or protocols etc. We will talk about the objective, benefits and features of Kayakalp scheme.
“Kayakalp”– An initiative for Awards to Public Health Facility Objective
The objectives of the award scheme are to promote cleanliness, hygiene and infection control practices in public health care facilities, to incentivize and recognize such public healthcare facilities that show exemplary performance in adhering to standard protocols of cleanliness and infection control, to inculcate a culture of ongoing assessment and peer review of performance related to hygiene, cleanliness and sanitation, to create and share sustainable practices related to improved cleanliness in public health facilities linked to positive health outcomes.
Benefits of Kayakalp
- Kayakalp initiative will encourage every public health facility in the country to work towards standards of excellence to help the facilities stay clean and hygienic.
- The initiative will help to develop and put in place systems and procedures for activities such as bio-waste disposal or protocols etc.
- This initiative will provide an opportunity and incentive to strengthen inter- sectoral coordination in improving health systems at the state level.
Features of Kayakalp
Five awards will be given under this scheme: Best two district hospitals in each state (Best district hospital in small states), best two community health centres/sub district hospitals (limited to one in small states) and one primary health centre in every district.Based on the set criterion, prize winners will receive a cash award with a citation.
The awards would be distributed based on the performance of the facility on these parameters- sanitation and hygiene, infection control, hospital upkeep, waste management, community participation.
Assessment would be done sequentially through a three tier system – internal assessment followed by peer assessment and then external assessment.
Update (May 20, 2016)
- Union Health Minister J P Nadda has launched ‘Kayakalp Fortnight’.
- It aims to ensure upkeep of high level of cleanliness, sanitation & hygiene within & outside the premises of central government hospitals in the country.
- The ‘Kayakalp Fortnight will be observed throughout the country in various central government hospitals between May 20 and June 3.
- Committees & sub-committees are formed to periodically review and monitor the progress made in these areas.
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