India Healthcare
Government hospitals vie for better hygiene practices
May 11, 2011 - 11:32:09 PM

New Delhi, May 11 - Stressing on the need to standardise hygiene practices in government hospitals, the ministry of health and family welfare has roped in three central government hospitals under a private hospital's housekeeping guidelines to improve cleanliness standards, officials said Wednesday.

'We are aiming for cleanliness and hygiene in government hospitals in the country. All is not well in the government hospitals as facilities are limited and footfall is humungous. We hope the standardisation of practices will lead to more patient safety,' Keshav Desiraju, additional secretary in the ministry of health, said at the launch of the book 'Hospital Housekeeping Guidelines' by Max Healthcare.

'The book not only lays guidelines, but sensitizes other hospitals also. It takes a broad view of quality control, hospital etiquette, modern housekeeping practices, waste management, cleaning system, pest control, and various other points,' chairman of Max India group Analjit Singh said.

The three central government hospitals roped in for the initiative are Safdarjung Hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College in the capital.

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