The change in health institutions should be viewed in a broader way. However, hygiene is an important part of the ‘Kayakalp’ and hospitals must have a clean environment, said Himachal Pradesh Health and Family Welfare minister, Vipin Singh Parmar, on Monday.

Presiding over the award function of ‘Kayakalp’ under the National Health Mission, the minister said although the health department was providing quality health services in the state, there was room for improvement and every possible efforts were being made to improve the entire system.

He said that state government had implemented various schemes in the health sector to benefit people. He stressed the need for better coordination among departmental officers, doctors and para-medical staff. He said doctors should behave in a better way with patients to uphold the faith of the general public in them, which works as a ‘Sanjeevani’ for patients.

The Health minister directed all Chief Medical Officers and Medical Superintendents to make generic medicines available in adequate proportions in hospitals. He said that the department was working for poor, needy and common man. Generic medicines were essential to the poor for their health benefits.

He said that every problem of common man should be solved to realise the dream of New India of the Prime Minister. He directed departmental doctors to monitor ‘108’ and ‘102’ Ambulance Services in different parts of the state.

Parmar said that he himself inspected the hospitals and appreciated the services of staff, but more efforts should be made for improvements in hospitals. He said that everyone should shoulder responsibility for bringing transformation in health care services.

Earlier, the minister distributed Kayakalp awards to various health institutions of the State. Regional Hospital Kullu was given Ist prize, 2nd prize was bagged by Civil Hospital Palampur and 3rd prize went to Civil Hospital Nurpur.

Earlier, Special Secretary Health and Director National Health Mission Pankaj Rai said Rs 500 Crore was spent under National Health Mission this year.