Health Ministry orders, different coloured bed sheets should be used on different day in Public Hospitals

New Delhi: Giving intensive importance to the ‘cleanliness, hygiene and infection control’ in the public health facilities, the decision for directing the nineteen major hospitals to use different coloured bed sheets on the different days of the week, was taken by the Union Health Ministry. Considering this move, it is clear that now in all such hospitals, the bed sheets will be changed on the regular day basis.

The order from the ministry contains that there should be a single colour bed sheet for a single day, next day there will be next bed sheet, this would be done on the week’s rounding days basis, like on Mondays a white bed sheet will be used, for Tuesdays it will be Pink, for Wednesdays green, for Thursdays violet, lavender or purple for Fridays, for Saturday blue and for Sundays peach or light grey are to be used.

As per the said order which was issued on 29th day of March, by the Union Health Ministry against the Hospitals, the ministry found making decision to the effect that the there should be implemented “different colour bed sheets on all the seven days of the week in the hospitals/ institutions” and this for ensuring the daily change of bed sheets.

All such nineteen hospitals which the order has covered including the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences- AIIMS, Safdarjung hospital, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research- PGIMER, Chandigarh and also including Puducherry- based JIPMER- Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research.

There are about 80 per cents or more of the Indian Population, as per the statistics from the Government, are depending upon the medical care at the Public Hospitals. Also, it is notable that the cleanliness issue is of importance when the matter is connected to the health care, and in such hospitals such cleanliness is of much importance as such, as per ministry, this said order is issued so that the bed sheets in the given hospitals will be changed on regular day basis.

Moreover, as per the Additional Health Secretary- Arun Panda, the ministry will see “how it works, and then try to implement it in all public hospitals across the country”.

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