One of India’s premier health institutes AIIMS, New Delhi on February 15 won the first prize in cleanliness under Government’s Kayakalp awards scheme.
AIIMS was awarded a cash prize of Rs 5 crore for maintaining high standards in sanitation and hygiene and was followed by Shillong’s North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) who came second and received a cash prize of Rs 3 crore for cleanliness.
The third position was awarded to Chandigarh’s Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), who received a cash prize of Rs 1 crore.
Besides these three, work of few other medical institutes was also recognized, and they were awarded “Commendation” prizes of Rs 50 lakh each.
The Commendation award went to – AIIMS, Raipur, AIIMS, Jodhpur and National Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases (NITRD), Delhi.
These awards were given by Union Health Minister J P Nadda who said that he wants to “change the image of the public health facilities” in India and “inculcate a culture of cleanliness for gaining the trust and confidence of the community in these facilities.”