The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J P Nadda on 15 May 2015 launched kayakalp Award Scheme.
The scheme is intended to encourage and incentivize Public Health Facilities (PHFs) in the country for maintaining the facilities clean and hygienic.
Features of Kayakalp Award Scheme
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
Cleanliness 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.
Five awards will be given under this scheme viz., best two District Hospitals (DH) in each state (only one best district hospital in small states), best two Community Health Centres (CHC) or Sub District Hospitals (SDH) (limited to one in small states) and one Primary Health Centre (PHC) in every district.
Award winners will receive a cash award with a citation. First rank and second rank awardees at DHs will get 50 lakh rupees and 20 lakh rupees respectively. While 15 lakh rupees and 10 lakh rupees are proposed for CHC or SDH, the winner in the PHC category will get 2 lakh rupees under this scheme.
Certificate of Commendation plus cash award would also be given to such facilities that score over 70 percent but do not make it to the list of top two or one in a particular year, which is proposed as 3 lakh rupees for DH, 1 lakh rupees for CHC or SDH and 50000 for PHC.
The awards would be distributed based on the performance parameters including sanitation and hygiene, infection control, hospital upkeep, waste management, community participation.
Assessment of the performance would be done sequentially through a three tier system - internal assessment followed by peer assessment and then external assessment.
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When: 15 May 2015