With an aim of achieving better health outcomes through improved sanitation and increased awareness and healthy lifestyles, Ministry of Health and family welfare in collaboration with Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation has recently launched ‘SwachhSwasthSarvatra'. It was launched by JP Nadda, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare and Prakash Javedkar, Union Minister of Human Resource Development.
Addressing the participants, Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Human Resource Development said, "Prime Minister has successfully amplified the need for clean India and today this is the most popular programme that resonates with citizens across India. Advancing from Swachh Bharat to Swastha Bharat is a natural step. Open Defecation Free (ODF) should not be limited to creation of infrastructure alone but it should also bring the positive change in the habits and mindset of people.
"SwachhSwasthaSarvatra" is a much needed programme to achieve open defecation-free India by 2019. This should become people's movement and that is our endeavour. I believe that millions of students can become the change agents in driving ODF message in their homes, villages and districts."
Recalling the vision of the Prime Minister that governments and departments should not work in silos but work in close collaboration and cooperation with each other and develop a synergy between themselves, J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare said, "The initiatives we are undertaking today will have far reaching and deep impact on the health outcome of the citizens. Today we have launched the programme where we can be collaborative and a programme that is befitting to Good Governance Day. The seriousness and focus of the Ministry towards cleanliness and sanitation can be gouged from the fact that in Kayakalp under the Central Government Hospitals category the first prize is of Rs. 5 crores, the second is of Rs. 3 crores and third is of Rs. 1 crore and this year prestigious institutes like Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh and All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi and North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong were the winners. Now there is a competition among various categories of the awards and this is leading to a change in habits and mindset at every level"
He also informed that the Health Ministry is working on the theme of "Catch them Young" and is working on effecting positive behaviour change among the young to keep away from such habits that cause Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
He added that through pictorial books- ‘SwasthBaccheSwasth Bharat' prepared by Central Health Education Bureau (CHEB), health messages shall be brought out that will educate the children and youth about healthy living habits and activities. The Ministry has distributed these books on healthy living across schools in India.