The Residents’ Awareness Association of Coimbatore and the Cognizant Foundation have provided a bio-medical waste collection centre and a parking lot at the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital in order to help a public health institution maintain hygiene.An open bio-medical waste dump has been cleaned and Mayflower trees have been raised on it. Near this site is an enclosure created by both the organisations for the hospital to store the bio-medical waste generated every day. The waste is collected by a private organisation entrusted with the task of disposal at a common facility on the city’s outskirts.
The cleanliness drive in the hospital is being carried out under RAAC’s clean environs programme for the city – Alagana Kovai.At a function held at the hospital to dedicate the facilities, foundation Chief Executive S. Madhavan said due credit for the role model project must go to RAAC for conceptualising and executing it. Funding was only a small part of the project, he said. Mr. Madhavan felt that Alagana Kovai had actually overtaken Singara Chennai programme by reaching out to various sections with its concept of creating clean environs with people’s involvement.
Dean (in-charge) of the hospital S. Veerakesari said the maintenance of the hospital was an arduous task and appreciated the contribution of RAAC and the Cognizant Foundation. He presented a certificate of appreciation of the project at the hospital to Mr. Madhavan and RAAC president C.R. Swaminathan. Resident Medical Officer of the hospital P. Sivaprakasam and Vice-President and Head of Operations, Coimbatore of Cognizant Technology Solutions Vishnu Potty were present.
Mr. Potty listed the various corporate-social responsibility initiatives of the company in education and health care.Earlier, welcoming the gathering, Mr. Swaminathan explained how the project turned a hazardous waste dump in the hospital into a clean area with a ramp leading to the bio-medical waste centre. “But, we still have a long way to go. We join hands with the doctors and other staff of the hospital in making it a good institution in its Golden Jubilee year,” he said. What RAAC did was an example of how responsible citizens could help the public health machinery.
RAAC joint secretary R. Raveendran said the works done under the Rs.20 lakh project included the establishing of the bio-medical waste centre at Rs.80,000, the parking lot at Rs.2.10 lakh and a model ward at Rs.1.80 lakh with assistance from the Inner Wheel Club.