PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department has issued guidelines on cleanliness on a sustainable basis to all hospitals of the province including merged districts for infection control and provision of clean safe care.
According to the guidelines, floor, walls, ceilings, mirrors, doors and windows should be free of stains, visible dust, gross soil, spills, streaks and spider webs and handprints. The collection, handling, washing and drying of laundry and bedding must be ensured as per standard procedures to ensure clean mattresses, pillows, sheets and blankets etc.
Similarly, all horizontal surfaces are free of visible dust or streaks including furniture, window ledges, overhead lights, phones, picture frames and carpets. The hospitals were directed that bathroom fixtures including toilets, sinks, tubs and showers should be free of streaks, soil, stains and soap scum.
Hospital administrations were instructed to ensure that dispensers were free of dust, soiling and residue and replaced/replenished when empty. Appliances are free of dust, soiling and stains. Hospital waste must be disposed of appropriately as per standards. Abt item that is broken, torn, cracked or malfunctioning is replaced and disposed of appropriately.
The hospitals were also instructed to encourage tree plantation in the whole of the province and considering the contribution of tree plantation to environmental health.
“If guidelines were not followed properly, the department will take action against the concerned administration during their surprise visits,” said health minister Dr Hisham Inamullah Khan. “The newly developed KP health policy emphasizes that patients have a right to be treated in a setting that meets the required levels of safety and quality.”
The health minister said that he himself and members of parliament being representative of the public shall be inspecting the state of hospitals, cleanliness from now onwards on regular basis. He said the government of KP intends to introduce health setting, hospital cleanliness as one of the key indicator in performance evaluation report of government officers of the health department.