Within 20 days of a complaint filed by a PGI employee wherein he pointed out mismanagement of biomedical waste at the institute, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has written to the Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, to take appropriate action in the matter.
On July 4, Ashwani Munjal, president, PGI Medical Technologists Association, had written to the PMO complaining of loopholes in the management of biomedical waste. He also filed a written complaint with the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee.
A few images were also shared on social media showing biomedical waste, including used syringes and glass bottles, lying in the open on the fourth floor of Research Block A, PGI.
He wrote a letter alleging that the PGI hospital administration has been playing with the lives of PGI staff and general public and polluting the environment.
Every day, relatively large amount of potentially infectious and hazardous waste are generated at PGI.
The letter said, “The biomedical waste scattered in and around Nehru Hospital has been attracting flies, insects, rodents, cats and dogs that may lead to spread of communicable diseases. The poor condition in and around Central Refuse Station of PGI, where biomedical waste from Nehru Hospital and other centres is collected, needs to be checked.”
Munjal also complained that sealed bags of waste are opened at the Central Refuse Station to take out plastic and other items, which are pilferaged for selling in the market.
He also stressed the need that disposable syringes, needles, IV sets and other article such as glass bottles should only be recycled after proper sterilisation, as otherwise it can lead to Hepatitis, HIV, and other viral diseases.
Earlier, Chandigarh Newsline had also highlighted the poor condition of the two incinerators at the PGI which have past their shelf life and need immediate replacement. The institute generates around 1,400 kg of biomedical waste daily.