Public and Private Health Facilities were yesterday felicitated with Kayakalp award for high standards of Sanitation and Hygiene. Applauding the importance of the Kayakalp scheme, Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said Kayakalp has not only been able to facelift the condition of public health facilities but has also made a significant impact in improving the behaviour of masses. The government had launched a National Initiative ‘Kayakalp’ on 15th May 2015 to ensure hygiene, sanitation and cleanliness in Public Health Facilities in India. He said the scheme, which saw the participation of 716 District Hospitals and central government institutions in its first year has spread to 26 thousand 172 public health facilities now. Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey said that Kayakalp has made cleanliness an important part of our life which will lead to a healthy living.