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Harsh Vardhan visits RML hospital as part of sanitation drive

ANI  |  New Delhi 

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today visited the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in New Delhi marking the first of his visits to government hospitals after his Environment Day resolve to make health care 'greener'.

Dr Harsh Vardhan held meetings with the hospital staff, met the patients and visited the trauma centre during his nearly one and a half hour long visit.

The Minister will also visit AIIMS and Safdarjung hospitals tomorrow and day after respectively where he will hold talks about sanitation and hygiene.

Dr H K Kar, medical superintendent of RML told ANI, "The minister was happy with the visit. He discussed greenery and solar energy with us. We have been using solar energy and planting greenery every year. Our next goal is to use kitchen waste as bio-fuel and make products out of manure."

The Health ministry has launched a week long sanitation drive after the World environment Day where the focus is to encourage hygiene and greenery among the government hospitals.

Dr Harsh Vardhan had noted on World Environment Day that 24 per cent of diseases are caused due to environment issues and could be easily prevented by creating awareness.

First Published: Wed, June 11 2014. 15:08 IST