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Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Notice to 200 health institutes lacking waste disposal system

Nitin Jain

Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 20

The civic body has issued notices to 200 hospitals, health clinics, nursing homes and laboratories in Ambala to dispose of their biomedical waste as per the guidelines issued by the Health Department.

As per the notice, the management of the health institutions has been asked to enter into a contract with a private firm hired by the district administration for collection of waste from the source and its disposal as per the norms.

The notices gave instructions on collection of biomedical waste and its segregation at source, before the authorised agency picked it up from the premises. While some hospitals in twin towns had already tied up with the private firm to dispose of their biomedical waste, several others were allegedly mixing it up with the rest of the waste and disposing it collectively through their private cleanliness staffers or general waste collectors.

A visit to several parts of the twin towns revealed that a large quantity of biomedical waste comprising used disposable syringes, needles, gloves, empty intravenous drip bottles, blood-soaked bandages and cotton swabs was littered at public places.

“We have issued notices to the health institutes to adhere to the norms for disposing of biomedical waste, failing which fine and penal action as per the prescribed rules, will be slapped against the violators,” said a senior MC officer.

from The Tribune

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