Manipur Rajya Sabha MP Maharaja Leishemba Sanajaoba emphasized the importance of experts and doctors implementing environmentally friendly technologies and energy-efficient services and promoting climate-resilient healthcare facilities.
MP Sanajaoba urged the promotion of climate-resilient healthcare facilities as the keynote speaker at a one-day seminar on the theme “Swasth Bharat, Carbon Shunya Bharat,” held at Jubilee Hall, RIMS, Imphal yesterday. Prof. Paonam Gunindro Singh, VC of the Manipur University of Culture too graced the function.
India is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, which are primarily caused by electricity, heat, agriculture, forestry, land use, manufacturing, construction, transportation, healthcare, industry, and buildings. India is committed to promoting climate-resilient healthcare facilities as a signatory to the Male Declaration on Building Health System Resilience to Climate Change.
He further told the audience that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has identified two components that support the “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” principle in healthcare facilities. The two components are; (i) reducing carbon emissions in health facilities by improving facility-level energy, water, and waste management, and (ii) promoting lifestyle changes for patients, attendants, and human resources.
Sanajaoba emphasized the importance of everyone working together to achieve carbon-neutral and climate-resilient healthcare facilities.
Dr. Koijam Mani Bhushan Singh, Head of the Department of Environment Science at DM College of Science, Dhanamanjuri University, Imphal; Dr. S Priyokumar Singh, former Director of Science & Technology and Environment; Professor Dr. Bankimchandra Oinam, Department of Civil Engineering, NIT, Manipur; and Dr. Aditya K Joshi, IFS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests were among the resource persons at the seminar.
There was also a state-level painting competition divided into two categories at the event. N Korounganba of Heritage Convent, Uripok; S Purel Mangang of St George High School, Wangkhei; and Laishram Bidyananda of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Lamphel took first, second, and third place, respectively, in category I.
Sunaina Saikhom of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Lamphel, Thiyam Jesina Devi of RK Sanatombi Devi Vidyalaya, and Ningombam Bolero of Shishu Nishtha Niketan took first, second, and third place in category II, respectively. The winners of the State level painting competition were awarded prizes by Professor N Sanjib Singh.
The seminar emphasized the importance of building climate-resilient healthcare facilities as well as promoting environmentally friendly technologies and energy-efficient services. To combat the challenges posed by climate change, it is critical to collaborate in order to achieve carbon-neutral and climate-resilient healthcare facilities.