The Gist of Kurukshetra : Swachh Swasth Sarvatra Launched - May - 2017

The Gist of Kurukshetra : Swachh Swasth Sarvatra Launched - May - 2017

'Swachh Swasth Sarvatra' is an inter-ministerial joint lnltiative between the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It was launched to commemorate the Good Governance Day 2016 in the presence of the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Human Resource Development, and Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. Another joint initiative, 'Swasth Bacche Swasth Bharat', between Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Human Resource Development was also launched on the occasion.

Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has declared over 700 blocks as Open Defecation Free (ODF). Community Health Centres (CHCs) in ODF blocks of the country will be allocated Rs 10 lakhs under National Health Mission (NHM) to focus on sanitation and hygiene.

Under Kayakalp, one Primary Health Centre (PHCs) in each district is awarded for meeting quality standards including sanitation and hygiene. Under SBM, the Gram Panchayat in which the PHC which gets awarded under Kayakalp for that district will be noted, and special focus will be given to make it ODF at the earliest.
The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare said that this initiative would be a very important step towards convergence of various government schemes and programmes. By merging the goals of Swachh Bharat with his Ministry's focus on health, the two will be able to move the needle from hospital-care to healthcare, i.e. from treatment of diseases to prevention of diseases by focussing on improved overall health.

Union Minister of Human Resource Development called the power of children as agents of change. He said that Swachh Bharat focusses on mindset change - which does not need any big technological or infrastructural intervention - but a focussed behaviour change campaign. Educated children will be the best agents to spread the message of sanitation to their parents. By focusing on children, Swachh Swasth Sarvatra will lead to an ODF India by 2019.

Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, said that over 70 districts, over 700 blocks, and over 1.3 lakh villages of the country have achieved ODF status so far, and many others are very close to the target. He highlighted convergence across Ministries undertaken to launch Swachh Swasth Sarvatra as the perfect example of the Prime Minister's message to make SBM a jon aandolan, i.e. sanitation as everybody's business. He said that another collaboration is underway between Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and the Ministry of Human Resource Development for focused action in the sector of school sanitation.

Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, spoke about how, the small cost of focusing on clean, sanitary and hygienic health centres in the country, will lead to huge health benefits in terms of avoidable communicable diseases through the initiative. He also lauded the commitment and dedication shown by SBM and health functionaries at grassroots, who are working on the frontlines to bring about this revolution in the country.

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