VELLORE: The Christian Medical College hospital here has banned spitting inside its campus as part of ‘cleanliness week’, that was inaugurated on Monday by the District Revenue Officer(DRO) Manivannan.
Speaking at the inauguration function, CMC director Dr Sunil Thomas Chandy said, the week-long observation of cleanliness was in response to the call made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Independence Day when he urged people to clean villages, homes and towns as part of the Swach Bharat campaign.
“When I heard the PM making an appeal in this regard to the nation, I thought that the Christian Medical College Hospital being a healthcare institution should set an example for others by taking part in the campaign,” he said.
Every staff of the institution would be engaged in cleaning up the campus and part of the city during this week-long drive, to create awareness about the responsibility of keeping our home and neighbourhood clean.
“As part of the drive, we are banning spitting inside the campus,” he announced adding, chewing of pan is also banned. If we are clean both physically and mentally, we can drive away diseases and cleanliness should be part of our culture,” he noted. He appealed to patients from North India to desist from chewing pan and spitting around the campus.
Director, DRO and the Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) Pattabiraman later inaugurated a mass drive to clean the Ida Scudder Road (Arcot Road). Skits and mime shows were enacted by the nursing staff on the importance of using garbage bins and prevention of diseases by being clean.
General Superintendent Ebinezer Sundarraj said, the CMC had been actively taking part in handling disasters, epidemics and other public welfare issues all these years and the cleanliness drive was something unique this year.
He appealed to patients, visitors and the general public of Vellore to keep Vellore clean and green by extending their cooperation. As part of the drive, four stalls have been put up to educate the general public of Vellore on personal hygiene, sanitation, social etiquettes, good food habits, food safety and food sanitation.
Handouts, soaps, hand lotions and tissue papers were also distributed free to visitors of the stalls. Puppet shows were put up by the nursing staff on the theme of ‘Team up to clean up’.
The week-long drive would include training for staff members on handling bio-medical waste and general cleanliness. They would also participate in a slogan and poster competition.
All wards would be cleaned up and a team of juries would evaluate the best ward and best toilet.