Hospitals are huge water-guzzlers and no amount of water is ever enough to fulfil the requirements of a huge hospital where scores of deliveries and surgeries are conducted daily and where hundreds of patients stay.
It was thus quite ideal that World Water Day was observed at the Women and Children Hospital at Thycaud on Thursday, by adopting steps to preserve and protect its existing water sources. World Water Day focusses attention on how valuable a resource freshwater is and advocates the preservation and sustainable management of all local freshwater resources.
The National Rural Health Mission, the NIMS Heart Foundation and the Media India joined in with the drive by thoroughly cleaning two wells and all the water storage tanks at the hospital.
In fact, Mayor K. Chandrika inaugurated the programme, titled ‘Oru Jeevadhara,' by drinking water from the newly cleaned wells, which was tested for quality.
The hospital has water supply from the KWA, which is pumped into huge water tanks of one lakh litres and two lakh litres capacity.
The water from the two wells was also being used in the hospital but in recent times, the water quality had suffered and hence it was not deemed safe for drinking.
Various water treatment measures like depositing alum in the well were adopted to purify the water and to ensure its quality.
The water samples were later tested for various parameters like turbidity, pH value, bacteriological quality, etc., and it was found to be safe for drinking.
The 428-bed hospital utilises over 1.25 lakh litres of water on a daily basis, the hospital authorities said.
“We have normally ample water for our needs. As the hospital is preparing for accreditation process by the NABH [National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers], it is important that we comply with its standards. The NABH insists that the hospital should always have enough water to last for two days – which is estimated at 300 litre/patient/day,” hospital superintendent B. Ushakumari said.
Director of Health Services P.K. Jameela and NRHM district programme manager B. Unnikrishnan were present on the occasion.