August 18, 2015 2:59:53 am
The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) has issued a notice to hospitals and clinics in Gurgaon to create a ‘garbage stock point’ on their premises to segregate bio-medical waste from other hospital waste.
According to sources, the notice has been sent to around 50 smaller clinics – those having less than 25 beds run by single doctors – that failed to follow HSPCB guidelines. In July, an official said, notices were served to 150 hospital and clinics. While the General Hospital was served a showcause notice, the others — including big hospitals and renowned clinics — were served final notices for ignoring norms despite repeated reminders.
According to HSPCB guidelines, every hospital, nursing home, veterinary hospital, pathological lab, blood bank and slaughterhouse generating bio-medical waste is required to apply for a permit under bio-medical waste (management and handling), along with a prescribed fee, to the concerned RO for a period up to three years.
Officials said this is not applicable to clinics of less than 1,000 patients per month.
Permits for most city hospitals ran out in 2014. Until July, more than 85 hospitals and clinics had not applied for re-authorisation, the official said.
Hazardous waste can range anywhere between 3 to 12 per cent of the total waste generated in hospitals, depending on the number of beds and specialities offered, said Vijay Choudhary, Assistant Environment Engineer, Gurgaon Pollution Control Board.
“On an average, 2 kg of BMW is generated per bed per day in a hospital. While healthcare establishments are responsible for segregation of waste, it is mandatory for them to have an agreement with authorised service providers who collect the waste and dispose of it legally. Regular checks are being conducted at hospitals to see if there are any violations,” Choudhary added.
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