HYDERABAD: Swachh Gandhi, a new campaign to keep Gandhi Hospital, Musheerabad, clean, kicked off in the hospital premises recently. Being run jointly by the sanitation staff of Gandhi Hospital in active collaboration with NGO Helping Hand Foundation, the focus is on patients and their attendants to ensure the surroundings stay clean. “With persuasion and counselling, a 10-member team of volunteers of Helping Hand Foundation are creating awareness on various aspects of hygiene and sanitation but educate the patients and their attendants on the importance of keeping the hospital premises clean for their own benefit,” said Mujtaba Hasan Askari, Trustee, Helping Hand Foundation.
The year-long sensitisation drive started with waste management – How wastes generated inside hospital wards ought to be handled would be explained to the patients and their attendants by ensuring that there is proper segregation of hazardous waste from dry and wet waste. In a manner that they find conducive, our volunteers would politely communicate the need to adopt clean habits and show them how proper disposal of left-overs.
The NGO said it will educate attendants on how to give sponge bath to bedridden patients to maintain personal hygiene. They also provide a pair of towels and a bottle of Dettol of bathing to long term bed ridden patients. They are also being counselled on spitting on the walls, cleaning utensils and clothes without wasting water etc.