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Private Firms to be Roped in for Maintenance of District Health Facilities

The district authorities would soon float tenders for corporate firms to take up maintenance work of government hospitals, community health centers and primary health centers in Bareilly as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. The announcement was made by newly-appointed divisional commissioner Ranveer Prasad. “The public-private-partnership model under CSR has played a pivotal role in makeover of the district hospital in Jalaun district. Using CSR funding, we will improve health facilities at all government medical centers, including maintenance of toilets,” said Prasad. He added, “You will find drastic changes in the Jalaun district hospital. It has better facilities then even some private hospitals. There are cleaner toilets too. We want all our hospitals to be like that.”

According to administrative sources, a private sector bank and another public sector facility had earlier shown interest to construct toilets at a cost of ₹2 crore each under the Swachh Bharat Mission here. However, the proposal failed to take off due to lack of coordination between both parties. Prasad said, “We will ask managers of the district banks to private parties regarding requisite funds for the project. Corporate houses can also come forward to pay as part of their CSR activity.” At present, there are 12 toilets in the district hospital which are poorly maintained and increases risks of infection for visitors. – TOI

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