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N Chandrababu Naidu launches colour coded bed sheets scheme for state hospitals

Naidu on Wednesday launched a scheme to provide clean and hygienic bed sheets and pillow covers with colour coded lining strips for all the hospitals in the state.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: May 24, 2017, 09.28 PM IST
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The government also signed a memorandum of understanding with The Melinda and Gates Foundation to strengthen primary and secondary health care in the state.
The government also signed a memorandum of understanding with The Melinda and Gates Foundation to strengthen primary and secondary health care in the state.
HYDERABAD: Naidu launches colour coded bed sheets scheme for state hospitals, ropes in Gates foundation to boost healthcare

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday launched a scheme to provide clean and hygienic bed sheets and pillow covers with colour coded lining strips for all the hospitals in the state. The government also signed a memorandum of understanding with The Melinda and Gates Foundation to strengthen primary and secondary health care in the state.

Titled ‘Hospital Linen and Laundry Service Programme’, the service has been launched for 13,200 beds under phase 1 across all teaching and district hospitals at a cost of Rs 10 crore.

Under the scheme, different coloured bed sheets would be used on different days like Violet on Monday. Simultaneously, Organe on Tuesday, Magenta on Wednesday, Green on Thursday, Brick Red on Friday, Blue on Saturday and Yellow on Sunday. The color coding will be uniform throughout the state.

The programme will be monitored on a real time basis and it will be reflected on the CM’s core dashboard. The government has meanwhile outsourced this service to Leotech Process, a Vijayawada headquartered firm.

“More than doing normal procedures, doctors should adapt “Patient-First” mentality," Naidu said while launching the scheme through live streaming from the Velagapudi Secretariat, asking the department to engage an agency to provide training in soft skills to the hospital staff.

The chief minister said that poor quality linen and irregular washing of bed sheets have led to increased infection rate among patients and the program was launched to address this issue.

The government meanwhile signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Wednesday with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to collaborate to improve and transform the healthcare outcomes in Andhra Pradesh by strengthening primary and secondary health care.
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