Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The district can achieve a safe city tag if all the hospitals here adopt the “Safe I” concept, said M. Beena, District Collector and Executive Director of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), here on Tuesday.

Speaking at the launch of the Safe I Hospital project by NRHM in association with the Kochi branch of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics, Dr. Beena said the hazards of unsafe injections, unsafe infusion and other hospital infections due to improper practices are many. Hospitals need to work towards gaining the people’s confidence in dispelling the fear of injections or infusions by adopting safe practices, she said.

According to the statistics provided by the NRHM, 95 per cent of injections are for curative purposes and 5 per cent for vaccinations. However, a study has revealed that 63 per cent of the injections in the country are unsafe, spreading blood-borne pathogens.

At the function launching the project, K.T. Ramani, District Medical Officer, welcomed the gathering of administrators and medical superintendents.

The concept of Safe I was presented by Aneesh B.D.

K.V. Beena, District Programme Manager of NRHM, spoke about the role of NRHM in the Safe I project and Dr. S. Sachidananda Kamath, president IAP, Kochi, and the national convenor of Safe Injection Practices, spoke about the outcome of Safe I project.

The NRHM will provide training to the staff of the hospitals that would like to be part of the programme. If a hospital follows all the infection-checking parameters, it will be given a five-star status.