Saturday , February 16 2019

Kurnool Govt Hospital Violates Biomedical Effluent Treatment Norms

Kurnool Govt. Hospital often burns the waste in the hospital premises which has upturned an alarm amid the patients and environmentalists.


Kurnool: Kurnool Government General Hospital, the main government hospital in Rayalaseema area catering to patients from Kurnool, Kadapa, Chittoor, Anantapur and  even Mahbubnagar district in Telangana state, has disrupted medical effluent treatment standards and instigating health threats to citizens.

Predominantly the handling of biomedical waste like disposables, syringes, used bodily fluids and cotton wads are treated irrationally and thrown into Handri and Tungabhadra river beds. Normally, they used to burn the waste in the hospital locations which has upturned an alarm amid the environmentalists and patients.

Biomedical waste contains bodily fluids and other medicinal waste, which is produced from patients with contagious diseases. The psychotropic substances, antibiotics and other drugs used up by patients are not completely ingested and they are defecated that finally find their approach into the drainage system.

Finally, such contagious and even toxic waste, end up in drainage system, which in turn has the prospective to become best breeding grounds for courses and spread pollution.

Pollution Control Board which manages the private hospitals and government hospitals had set out norms saying that wastes be treated and sterilized by chemical treatment before they are let out into the drainage. Or, hospices with a capability of more than 50 or 100 beds should have an Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) to treat the wastes made by them.

Kurnool Government General Hospital is spending nearly Rs 55 lakhs per month on hospice maintenance including waste management. The contract has been given to a private assistance.

In contract, the instigating agency had to provide disposable bags and coloured baskets for elimination of biomedical waste in the hospice. Different to this, the contractor had not provided bags and baskets which had caused in no parting of waste.

When communicated, Pollution Control Board Zonal Office head T. Rajender Reddy told that, being a government sickbay they are fictional to be a model for other hospices.

Mainly two kinds of wastes they need to segregate. One is solid waste and the other is disposable waste. PCB is pondering action contrary to the hospital for their waste management practices which are opposing to the guidelines set under the act, he said.

Speaking to this communicator on the sidelines of a two-day state-level meeting on New Waste Management Rules on Thursday, Mr Babu said that Biomedical Waste Management Rules, 2016 have gone for an in-depth change and currently mandates bar code system for appropriate control. The realm of the rules has been prolonged to include vaccination camps, surgical camps, blood donation camps or any other health care action.

On biomedical waste treatment practices of Kurnool General Hospital, he said that it was totally against the prescribed practices for hospitals and Pollution Control Board state-level officials would be assigned to file a report on the matter.


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