Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Saturday morning launched the Mahatma Gandhi Hospital Swachh Mission in Ahmedabad. Under this mission, all government hospitals in the state would be thoroughly cleaned and a record of performance would be maintained for follow-up action.
Laying the foundation stone for construction of a paediatric cardiac surgery department at U N Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research here at a cost of Rs 170 crore, the Chief Minister also announced setting up of a ‘public health university’ in the State. Once ready, the paediatric cardiac surgey unit will prove a blessing for children with heart disease across the state, especially poor and middle-class children, Patel said.
State Health Minister Nitin Patel on this occasion said the inaugural was “very unique” saying, “In my 20-25-year-long public life, this is the first occasion when a Chief Minister is attending such inauguration function as early as at 7.15 am.” Patel said the CM’s original schedule was to visit Kutch, “but when our friends invited her to attend this function at Civil hospital Ahmedabad at 7.15 am, she agreed and gave time.”
On the cleanliness drive, he said, “Nowadays when we say that there’s cleanliness drive, people ask whether they should bring broom or it will be provided by organisers at the venue?”
Patel said, “People come, take broom in hand, clean some surface and get clicked. This is what’s going on, but today the government is launching statewide cleanliness drive for government health complexes by making available a form.”
Cleanliness related forms will be available in government hospitals, and MLAs, councillors and others will be able to evaluate the cleanliness situation in hospitals and fill a form which will reach Health Commissioner. Thus, there will be check on hospital’s job of cleanliness, the minister said adding, “today we are here and therefore the hospital is clean, but there will be surprise visits too and hospital must be clean when we conduct surprise checks.”
The minister has already paid two surprise visits in the past fortnight and in one of those visits, he exposed illegal drug purchase racket going on in hospital premises. Patel said, “Today when the CM met three patients, two of them were from Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, such patients from other states should return with good impression about Gujarat.”
BJP national president Amit Shah was also expected to attend the function but could not make it to the inaugural due to a party meeting.