The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), one of the best medical institutes across the country, has bagged the first prize for maintaining cleanliness within the institute premises. With the award, the premier institute has added yet another feather to its growing wing of achievements pertaining to patient care.
The Centre bestowed the award to the institute for showing dedication towards the mission of the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’.
Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan, along with Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey, presented the Kayakalp Awards to winners during an event held at the India Habitat Centre on Friday. AIIMS was awarded the first prize of Rs 3 crore.
“Kayakalp award has made you an inspiration towards ‘swachhta’ in your community and region. Now you should become role models for other health facilities and inspire and lead your community and districts towards achieving the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene,” Vardhan said.
He also made a strong appeal to the winners for their work in maintaining high standards of sanitation and hygiene.
Kayakalp has played a pivotal role in reinstating and reconfirming the trust and confidence of the community in public health facilities, he said.
The Union ministers also released the Kayakalp coffee table book documenting the success stories of the award-winning health facilities.
Under the Central Government Hospitals A category, the first prize of Rs 3 crore was given to the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi.
JIPMER, Puducherry, was judged the runner-up in this category and awarded Rs 1.5 crore. The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, and the Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi, won the Commendation Award of Rs 50 lakh each.
In the Group B category, the winner was VBCH, Silvassa, which bagged Rs 2 crore, with AIIMS Bhubaneswar winning Rs 1 crore as runner-up. NEIGRIHMS, Shillong, LGBRIMH, Tezpur, and AIIMS, Bhopal, each won Rs 50 lakhs as Commendation Awards.