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Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
07-August-2015 15:04 IST
An Initiative to Promote Hygiene and Sanitation in Public Health Facilities


Kayakalp- an initiative has been launched to promote cleanliness, hygiene and infection control practices in public health facilities. Under this initiative, public healthcare facilities shall be appraised and such public healthcare facilities that show exemplary performance meeting standards of protocols of cleanliness, hygiene and infection control will receive awards and commendation.

·      Under this initiative, the number of awards are as under:

v  Best two District Hospitals in each state (Best District hospital in small states)

v  Best two Community Health Centres/Sub District Hospitals (CHC/ SDH) (limited to one in smaller states).

v  One Primary Health Centre (PHC) in every district   

·      Based on the set criterion prize winners will receive a cash award with a citation.

·       Further, Certificate of Commendation plus cash award would be given to in facilities that score over 70%, but do not make it to the list of top two/one in a particular year.

·      For FY 2015-16 awards will be taken up only for District Hospitals. Awards for SDH/CHCs and PHC will be taken up in subsequent years. Details of Kayakalp initiative are available at URL


Swachhta Guidelines for public health facilities to promote Cleanliness, Hygiene and Infection Control Practices in public health facilities were released on 15th May, 2015.


The Guidelines provide details on the planning, frequency, methods, monitoring etc with regard to Swachhta in public health facilities. These guidelines are available in public domain at

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.