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Biomedical waste mixes freely with general waste in Madurai

                                                                        The Times of India, Madurai, 16th February, 2015

 Devanathan Veerappan

  

MADURAI: Against government guidelines, biomedical waste continues to be dumped in open places in the city. Hazardous biomedical waste can be found like household garbage on roadsides, posing danger to human beings and the environment.

 

On Ring Road, biomedical waste is joining the heaps of household garbage, solid waste and poultry and meat waste that usually line the stretch. The medical waste dumped on the roadside becomes accessible to rag pickers and children playing nearby. A senior doctor from Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) said biomedical waste not only caused environmental pollution, release of an unpleasant smell and multiplication of vector insects but also transmitted various diseases, including HIV, cholera and typhoid. Similarly, a large quantity of medical wastes mixes into other wastes from the hospitals.

 

Although clear guidelines on safe disposal of medical wastes are available, it is hardly followed by the hospitals here. They have to segregate the waste before disposal, and have been asked to divide biomedical wastes, including syringes, blades, amputated parts, infected plastic and non-plastic materials and chemical wastes, into four categories. Each should go into either red, yellow, blue or black-colored bins, according to their category. The wastes would be collected by a government-approved private agency, which is paid Rs 5 for every kilogram of waste. It should then be taken to a plant in Virudhunagar district, where they are safely disposed.According to experts, around 500gm of biomedical waste is generated for each in-patient. However, only a part is properly processed.

 

A senior official from district health services said there were provisions to even paralyse the functions of the hospital if they were found dumping medicals wastes themselves. However, the official said it was not easy to prove the hospital was involved in such an act, since there were a lot of loopholes.

 

Source:- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/pollution/Biomedical-waste-mixes-freely-with-general-waste-in-Madurai/articleshow/46257480.cms