Columbia Asia referral Hospital  initiates massive campaign to become plastic free hospital

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Keeping in mind the health hazard of plastic and its impact on our environment, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeshwanthpur has launched a year-long anti-plastic campaign at the hospital. The focus of this drive is to replace plastic usage and create awareness about the negative impact of the use of plastic on the environment and how beneficial it is to switch to sustainable alternatives among the hospital staff and neighbourhood.

As a part of this initiative, the hospital has removed all the plastic covers used in Pharmacy for dispensing the medicines and has replaced with paper covers. Implementing this drive, the hospital has taken up eco-friendly measure which included the distribution of steel bottles to all its staff.

Dr. Ananth Rao, General Manager Columbia Asia Referral Hospital said “We are pleased to take this first step and would like to reduce maximum use of plastic in our hospital. Our initiative focuses on persuading our staff and neighbourhood to give up the use of plastic and look out for alternatives. It is very important for us to think about our future generations. We should implement as many as eco-friendly initiatives around us and avoid all the plastic-based materials. We hope to inspire people to avoid usage of plastic and take a step closer towards a healthy and eco-friendly environment”.

The hospital also conducted an exhibition for all the departments which included a display of posters and models prepared by the staff working in various departments, question and answer rounds, describing the innovative ideas.

There was also brainstorming sessions which focused on reduction and replacement of plastics. The staff shared biodegradable ideas like replacement of plastic ID’s with wooden ID cards, organic sanitary napkins made of banana fibre, reusable silicon bags instead of plastic bags and boxes, bamboo straws, Coconut shell, steel cups,  silicon baby feeding bottles, steel bedpans instead of plastic, wooden combs and wooden toothbrush, plastic dustbins to metal bins, plastic flower pots to be replaced with clay pots, canned water bottles with ozonized water supply, recycling vacutainer tube, reagent bottles, urine bottles and ESR pipettes.

The posters and models were judged on the basis of innovation, presentation skills and the best idea was awarded the prize.