Ernakulam General Hospital all set to go green
By Anilkumar T | Express News Service | Published: 04th August 2017 08:03 AM |
KOCHI: Pretty soon those who take along plastic items and other disposables inside the Ernakulam General Hospital (GH) will be doing so at their own peril. Simply put, there will be a blanket ban on their use on the GH premises. Claimed to be the maiden initiative of its kind by a government-run hospital in Kerala, the GH is all set to implement the green protocol system in association with the District Suchitwa Mission.
“As a first step, food will no longer be served on disposable plates,” Suchitwa Mission District Coordinator Siju Thomas told Express. “Instead, steel and ceramic plates will be used. Efforts are also being made to avoid flex banners and replace them with digital ones. This is the first time a government hospital in the state has shut the door on the use of disposable items.”
The hospital authorities have come up with a novel plan under which an additional Rs 30 will be charged on bottled potable water bought from the hospital canteen. The extra amount will be refunded when the empty bottle/bottles are returned to the respective counters or at the hospital gate. These bottles will be sent for recycling by the canteen management.
“Prior to implementing the green protocol, the staff should be willing to implement the project,” said programme officer Carolin C. “The next step is to create awareness about the project among the public. For this, a leaflet on green protocol will be issued to patients and steel glass and plates will be made a mandatory requirement for patients. We are also working on printing Suchitwa messages on OP tickets.”
As part of the green protocol, separate waste bins have been put up for waste segregation at the hospital. The food waste is collected in different bins and transported to the Corporation’s segregation room.
Announcements through the hospital’s public address system, Suchitwa Mission videos on LED TV, sign boards with sanitation messages, steps to ensure green protocol in the canteen, separate water coolers/water facilities in wards are the other measures mooted by the mission and hospital.
However, the hospital authorities’ biggest concern is the project will be successful only if they get the support of nearby shop owners. “We have already conducted awareness classes to staff members, but the project will be successful only if we get the backing of local traders. The Corporation should come forward to ensure the project’s success since they can create awareness among shop owners,” said General Hospital Superintendent Marykutty.
The hospital authorities have come up with a novel plan under which an additional Rs 30 will be charged on bottled potable water bought from the hospital canteen.
The extra amount will be refunded when the empty bottle/bottles are returned to the respective counters