All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), India's premier medical, research and teaching center is all set to pick up the broom and turn its nearly 138-acre campus into the cleanest and most hygienically kept medical establishment in the country.
In its first such mega exercise, titled Clean AIIMS, the institute has roped in students and faculty. Even patients and their attendants will be made "responsible and accountable for cleanliness of their immediate surroundings".
As part of the Union Health Ministry's Kayakalp initiative, the move is aimed at ensuring that public health facilities maintain high standards of cleanliness and hygiene.
"The institute corridors are thronged by patients, most of them too poor to afford quality treatment elsewhere. They come here with high hopes of getting treated by the best doctors and medical facilities. The move now is to ensure that we not only give quality medical care, but also provide them in an environment where cleanliness and hygiene standards are unmatched in the country," said a senior health official at AIIMS.
The institute has created various committees comprising students and faculty members, who will ensure that their designated areas are clean and well-maintained round-the-clock.
"We have the staff and funds. What we need is strict enforcement and constant monitoring. That is exactly what is being provided under this drive," added the AIIMS official.
The institute will also run awareness programs for the general public coming to its centers for treatment. "Poster and pamphlets will be distributed and we may even bring in a token fine for littering or dirtying the place," said an AIIMS official.