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Himachal needs strict implementation of Bio-Medical Waste Disposal rules

Health care institutions would now have to set up on-site pre–treatment facility for liquid waste in the manner prescribed by the WHO and meet the discharge standards as prescribed under the Regulation.

SHIMLA-  HP State Government claims that it had promulgated and implemented new Bio-Medical Waste Rules, 2016 from March this year envisaged on simplified procedure of bio waste disposal.  The information was provided by HP State Pollution Control Board.

It is noticeable that the Chairman of the Pollution Control Board has not even tried to check vehicular emission in the state. All announcements and declarations of claims by Board and State government are just meant for the sake of documentation for presentations.  Similarly, most matters relating to environment like waste disposal are not even to do list of the government.

There is  a need for strict implementation of new regulations on bio medical waste management and  these rules are comprehensive and clearly define the role of health care institutions, waste treatment facility operators, local authority, State Government and Pollution Control Board. New features of the Regulation especially Bar Code System for bags and containers containing bio medical waste is expected to eliminate pilferage and restrict the entry of waste in the illegal recycling market and will improve overall management of bio-medical waste.

In the series of these claims, the Board claims, presently 764 hospitals of the State are covered under the ambit of bio-medical waste Rules, 1998 and the State Board had authorized two common bio-medical waste disposal facilities at Kullu and Solan and three captive incineration facilities in different parts of the State, during last three years, the health care institutions covered under ambit of bio medical waste Rules had increased from 718 to 764, so was the corresponding waste generation from 1.47 to 2.05 tonne per day.

The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, GoI had re-visited the entire spectrum of waste Rules and revised the Regulations for management of other waste categories such as Municipal waste, Plastic Waste, E-Waste, Hazardous Waste, Construction and Demolition Waste as well.

Health care institutions would now have to set up on-site pre–treatment facility for liquid waste in the manner prescribed by the WHO and meet the discharge standards as prescribed under the Regulation. He said that the use of plastic bags, gloves and blood bags is to be phased out within two years by the health institutions.

The waste generated from medical activities was hazardous, toxic and even lethal. Blood camps were now also under the ambit of new regulations and need to be taken care adding that deep burial was allowed in very remote or inaccessible places only.

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