Special Correspondent

THANJAVUR: Thanjavur Medical College Hospital will become a model for launching the “Clean Thanjavur project”, according to N. Ramachandran, President of the project and Vice-Chancellor of Periyar Maniammai University.

Presiding over the executive committee meeting of the project at the hospital on Saturday, Dr. Ramachandran appealed to the students of the college to participate in the project.

The students agreed to convene a meeting on November 12 at the college auditorium to discuss the project.

They will be trained to keep the hostel and college campus clean. Later, they will train the supporting staff of the hospital.

According to Dr.Ambujam, Hospital Dean (in-charge), 20,000 to 25,000 visitors come to the hospital from more than eight districts every day.

Littering of food packets, plastic covers and betel spit remain a major menace.

The visitors should be trained to use the waste bins and keep the environs clean.

Dr.C.Gaunasekaran, Resident Medical Officer of the Hospital said that the hospital has joined private hospitals in using a common treatment plant put up by a private party to dispose of bio-medical wastes.

They are segregated and sent for disposal at the plant near Sengipatti.

The municipality is also collecting wastes, but these are not enough to keep the environs clean.

Panneerselvam, executive member of the committee, said that traders opposite the hospital and the campus should also be trained in cleanliness. Most of them and visitors use the college campus for their morning ablutions and defecation. This should be avoided.

Padmanabhan, another committee member, suggested guiding and training people through volunteers for a few months.

Rotary Club of Cauvery Delta has assured to help the project in a big way.

The project would be launched in December and the hospital will become a model for the entire town, Ramachandran said.