Stanger Hospital Scoops the Cleanest Hospital AwardStanger Hospital has come up tops in the Cleanest Hospital competition, where 24
hospitals within KwaZulu-Natal were assessed by the Provincial Department of
This project was launched in July 2011 by two participating companies which are
Kimberly Clark and Industro Kleen working together with the Department of Health
in the Province. The aim of this project was to improve cleanliness in the
Hospitals and the competition was from September to February 2011 with
assessments conducted in January and February 2012.
Trainings for participating hospitals were conducted by both Kimberly Clark and
Industro Kleen, where Infection Control Manager, Quality Assurance Manager,
Systems Manager and Cleaning Supervisor were trained on basic cleaning
practices, colour coding and the use of different cleaning products.
Stanger Hospital takes House Keeping as an inherent facet of Infection
Prevention and Control as good housekeeping is directly proportional to lower
nosocomial infection rates. Hence this project enhanced and reinforced current
policies, protocols and practices. The Hospital therefore took this competition
seriously, a general staff meeting to launch the programme was called by the
Hospital CEO-Miss R.T Ngcobo and Mrs Sarika Sujan (Infection Prevention and
Control Manager) was delegated as a Project Manager, all staff members were
requested to buy in to the project and do their little bit in making sure that
the Hospital remains clean at all times. Further meetings were held with all
cleaning staff, IPC reps and Departmental Managers where the tool was discussed
and roles and responsibilities were designated to all team players. Regular
audits were conducted by the IPC Manager throughout the duration of the
When Miss Ngcobo was asked about how she felt about the Award “Stanger Hospital
has always regarded cleanliness as a therapeutic measure to assist in patients
progress as the saying goes ‘cleanliness is closer to Godliness’, I just want to
say thank you to all staff members for co-operating and taking this project and
owning it and to the team that led the project, a job well done, a standard has
been set by us as a hospital and it is still within us to keep the standard or
aim to continue improving in cleanliness”.
Hospital management and Private cleaning companies who worked together
with the hospital in winning the competition.
Hospital management and the hospital team together with the Directors as
well as supervisors of the private companies that clean the Hospital (
Ntsakantsaka Cleaning Services, Ikusasa Lentsha Cleaning Services and
Recinz Garden Services.
Written and photos by Slindile Mzila – Public Relations Officer.
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