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IIHMR Partners With UNICEF To Train Madhya Pradesh Healthcare Professionals On WASH Protocol

WASH in health care facilities is required to reduce health care or nosocomial related infection and act as a central factor to improve the quality of care.

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IIHMR University, a premier higher education institution in healthcare management and development studies, partnered with UNICEF Madhya Pradesh to host a webinar on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) protocols and bio-medical waste.Around 500 professionals from 8 districts of Madhya Pradesh attended the webinar, including more than 200 doctors, 150 nurses, and 65 allied healthcare professionals. Universal, affordable, and sustainable access to WASH is a key public health issue and focuses on Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6).
Trainers from the School of Development Studies, IIHMR University, Jaipur, supported by UNICEF, oriented doctors, medical officers incharge and health service providers in 8 districts of Madhya Pradesh, focusing on the relation between WASH and COVID-19, how to conduct an assessment, and planning at the institutional level. Dr. Goutam Sadhu, Shri Hemant Kumar Mishra, Ms. Veena Nair Sarkar, Faculty members from IIHMR University and Shri Rakesh Kumar, Mr. Parvinder Sharma acted as resource persons in these training. Expert sessions were conducted by Shri Pankaj Mathur, and his team from UNICEF Madhya Pradesh and Dr. Pankaj Shukla, Joint Director, State Quality Assurance Cell (SQAC) and Shri Bhagwan Singh Rathore, National Health Mission, Madhya Pradesh. "The online training program has developed confidence among the senior-level district officials regarding COVID-19 and WASH compliances. They are now able to bring desired changes in the health facilities," said Dr. Goutam Sadhu, Resource Person from IIHMR University.
 "The officials were also trained on how to do supportive monitoring with an android-based mobile phone. The online and participatory mode of training gives a new direction to the higher officials and front-line workers. It increases the knowledge level by which they can reduce the risk of getting infected from COVID-19. It is necessary to highlight that the WASH compliance covers around 67-point scores required for national programs like NQAS, LaQshya and Kayakalp.
WASH in health care facilities is required to reduce health care or nosocomial related infection and act as a central factor to improve the quality of care. The health care staff's capacity must be developed in this domain practically during the time of COVID-19. This online training is expected to bring a significant change in the behavior of the service providers towards creating awareness about COVID-19 and WASH compliances to ensure quality services," said Dr. P. R. Sodani, Pro President, IIHMR University.
Madhya Pradesh has designated 25 Dedicated COVID-19 Hospitals (DCH), 75 Dedicated COVID Health Centres (DCHC), and428 COVID Care Centre (CHC) to ensure screening and treatment of the COVID-19 patients. Each service provider of these health facilities needs to be oriented on WASH and COVID-19 compliances.