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AIIMS to become country’s first green hospital

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.  

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The facility should move away from conventional energy responsible for pollution: Minister

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here is all set to become the country’s first ‘green hospital’ with Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan announcing his Ministry’s ‘green-plan’ for medical institutions across the country.

Speaking at a symposium on ‘Impact of Environment on Health’ organised at Vigyan Bhavan on Thursday, Dr. Vardhan said: “It is our plan to “green” AIIMS and we are determined to showcase our commitment to fight climate change. For this to happen, the country’s premier medical facility should move away from using conventional energy that is responsible for polluting environment and adding to the green house gases.’’

“Healthcare institutions should strive to reduce their energy consumption and maximise use of solar energy and other similar sources. The new-look AIIMS will have water conservation and waste water recycling systems in place,’’ noted the Minister.

There will also be regular energy audits and a phased renewal plan with a view to making the buildings on the complex more energy efficient.

“Waste generation including medical waste generation must be brought down by an approach of reduce, reuse and recycling of waste. A scavenging system to deal with nitrous oxide and other waste anaesthetic gases is also the need of the hour,” added the Minister The plantation around the hospital will be of a nature so as to capture particulate pollution preventing harm to the hospitalised patients.

For this purpose, the Health Minister announced that a Management Information System using IT tools would be developed for the benefit of Central and State health departments.

With environmental degradation and environmental risks emerging as the single biggest source of diseases – from ordinary water borne diseases to cancers – the Health Minister has also announced plans for setting up a network of capacity building institutions all over India modelled on the line of All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Kolkata, and the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health in Delhi’s Maulana Azad Medical College.

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