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Safdarjung Hospital opens herb garden, water ATM

Several species of medicinal plants are on display at the garden in Safdarjung Hospital.

Several species of medicinal plants are on display at the garden in Safdarjung Hospital.

Safdarjung Hospital, one of largest tertiary government hospitals in India with over 1,500 beds, has taken a unique step to ensure a more educative and relaxed atmosphere for its patients, attendants and staff.

The hospital has set up a herb garden, which is home to several species of medicinal plants, including giloy, bryophyllum, tulsi, mint, tez patta, aloe vera, kari patta, shatavari, peppermint, and asparagus.

The garden was inaugurated under the Swachh Bharat campaign by hospital Medical Superintendent Prof. Rajendra Sharma.

The aim is to bring in the idea of cleanliness and provide an oasis of peace and a break from the monotony that any government hospital suffers from, said a senior health official. The garden is the first of many planned for the hospital.

“This [herb garden] is a very small initiative that the hospital has taken to create a more welcoming environment. We are first looking at sustaining this garden... then we will see how we can improve,” said a hospital official.

Walls painted

Besides the garden, the hospital has taken several other steps. “We have set up a water ATM and have had our walls painted by Delhi Police Public School children. This is part of the hospitals effort to follow the Centre’s “Kayakalp” initiative for public health facilities,” said a senior hospital official.

The Kayakalp initiative encourages public health facilities to work towards standards of excellence to help it stay clean and hygienic.

“The initiative does not apply only to physical cleanliness... it also aims to develop and put in place systems and procedures for activities such as biowaste disposal. The initiative towards total ‘swacchta’ in public health facilities is aimed towards building confidence of the users in public health facilities, provide quality service and encourage team work,” noted a release issued by the Union Health Ministry.


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