In order to ensure effective disposal of biomedical waste,Siddharth Dhende,Republican Party of India (RPI) corporator from Laxmi Nagar in Yerawada,has asked the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to update the list of general practitioners in the city.
Addressing the media on Thursday,Dhende said once the number of general practitioners was clear,it would help the civic body chalk out a detailed and workable plan for scientific disposal of biomedical waste. The list of practitioners was prepared in 2009 and it has not ben updated ever since, he said. Biomedical waste has to be disposed of as per the guidelines stipulated by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board. In Pune,the work of collection and disposal of biomedical waste is contracted to an agency.
Dhende said many doctors did not follow norms as that proved uneconomical for them. Homoeopathy and Ayurveda clinics hardly have any biomedical waste. The small practitioners find it difficult to economise the rates of biomedical waste disposal and therefore flout norms, he said.