In an attempt towards awareness for "No to Plastics", INHS Sanjivani, the premier hospital of the Southern Naval Command organized a Coastal Clean-up event on May 13, 2018 in a part of Willingdon Island adjacent to the hospital. The event was unique because it was as much a campaign towards salvaging fragile marine ecosystem as also a small step to sensitize people about the ills of indiscriminate use of plastics.
Surgeon Commodore Subhash Ranjan, Commanding Officer, INHS Sanjivani along with his team including 45 Naval Officers, 13 Officers of Military nursing Service and 112 other naval personnel took part in the event wherein waste materials like plastic bottles, sheets, thermocol, Styrofoam and other non-biodegradable items were removed from the shore along the backwaters adjacent to INHS Sanjivani.
The activity assumes significance in the backdrop of findings from the studies in recent years which point to a strong relation between the extensive use of plastics in the day to day life with multiple health issues being faced not only by humanity but also marine life since a significant amount of the plastic finally finds its way to the sea. Kerala, as a coastal state with large number of coastal population dependent on marine life and Navy, as a force which operates and functions in the maritime domain, the campaign assumes equal relevance to both.
During the campaign personnel were educated about the facts such as that plastic takes 15 to 1000 years to biodegrade, plastic bag packing for hot edible items causes migration of harmful chemicals to food items which are even known to cause cancer immune suppression and birth defects.
The hospital also aims to move towards becoming "Plastic free" in the near future.