Kurnool: Kurnool Government General Hospital, the only major government hospital in the Rayalaseema area that treats patients in Kadapa.
Kurnool, Chittoor, Anantapur and the former Mahbubnagar district in Telangana state, has violated treatment standards for Effluents and causing health risks to citizens.
In particular, treatment of biomedical waste such as syringes, disposable items, worn cotton pads and body fluids are treated unscientifically and disposed of in the beds of the Handri and Tungabhadra rivers. Very often, they burn waste at the hospital premises which has aroused an alarm among patients and ecologists.
Biomedical waste includes body fluids and other medical waste, which is generated from patients with infectious diseases. Antibiotics, psychotropic substances and other drugs consumed by patients are not completely ingested and they are excreted which eventually find their way into the drainage system.
Finally, this infectious and often toxic waste is found in our drainage system which, in turn, can become an ideal breeding ground for vectors and spread the infection.
The Pollution Control Commission, which oversees public hospitals and private hospitals, has established standards indicating that effluent should be treated and disinfected by chemical treatment before it is discharged into drains. Alternatively, hospitals with a capacity of more than 50 or 100 beds must have an effluent treatment plant (FTE) to treat the effluents they produce.
Kurnool Government General Hospital is spending nearly Rs 55 lakhs per month on the maintenance of the hospital, including waste management. The contract was given to a private agency.
Under the terms of the contract, the implementing agency was to provide disposable bags and colored baskets for the removal of biomedical waste at the hospital. Contrary to this, the contractor did not supply bags and baskets that had not led to any waste separation.
When contacted, T. Rajender Reddy, head of the Pollution Control Board’s office, said that being a government hospital, they are meant to be a model for other hospitals.
Basically two types of waste that they must separate. One is disposable waste and the other is solid waste. PCB is thinking about the hospital for its waste management practices that are contrary to the guidelines prescribed by law, he said.
The hospital authorities must change their attitude. On the basis of the strength of the bed, a small tax is levied on them for the dumping of their waste. JCBabu, a scientist with the Central Pollution Control Board, who works under the Ministry of Environment’s Forest and Climate Change, said the new biomedical waste management rules will change the way the country used to handle this waste earlier .
Speaking to this correspondent on the sidelines of a two-day national seminar on new waste management rules on Thursday, Babu said the 2016 Biomedical Waste Management Rules have opted for a thorough change And now controls the barcode system for good control. The scope of the rules has been expanded to include vaccination camps, blood donor camps, surgery camps or any other health care activity.
With respect to biomedical waste treatment practices at the Kurnool General Hospital, he stated that he was totally against the prescribed practices for hospitals and that the National Pollution Control Authority would be responsible for File a report on the matter.