Ganjam Health Centres Bag Prestigious Kayakalpa Award
In what comes as an encouraging surprise for the Ganjam district’s health authorities and support staff, fifty-two health centres across the district have been conferred with the prestigious Kayakalpa Award 2020-21. The list includes the district headquarters hospital, four sub-divisional health centres, 15 community health centres, 23 primary health centres, eight urban primary health centres and one sub-centre.
For the Urban Primary Health Centres located in Berhampur, this is the third consecutive year that the award is being conferred. A total cash award of ₹43 lakhs has been demarcated for distribution, with the highest amount (₹3 lakhs) going to the District Headquarters Hospital or the City Hospital. In the Kandhamal district, seventeen healthcare centres have been nominated for the award, including the district headquarters hospital at Phulbani.
The Kayakalpa award, given by the Ministry of Health under the banner of the National Health Mission (NHM), was first launched in 2015 to recognise cleanliness and hygiene across health centres in the country. Several factors weigh in the final decision towards shortlisting of the health care units, such as disposal of waste, infection control measures, sensitisation campaigns undertaken, et cetera. “Our target is to deliver public health. We are happy that the government has recognized the health delivery system,” said the Chief District Medical Officer.
A central team sent by the Ministry of Health had surveyed and inspected these institutions finally recommended in November and December on the aforementioned parameters. Earlier, the UPHCs based in Berhampur had secured the ISO (Indian Standards Organisation) certification for Quality Management System.
“We have paid lot of attention to the cleanliness of hospital premises and smoothness in the delivery of services at the health centres,” said Suresh Chandra Sahu, director of Card, an NGO that manages the UPHC at Baikuntha Nagar at Berhampur.