Biomedical Wastes In The Time Of Covid-19: Here’s What News Headlines Say About This New Health Crisis India Is Currently Staring At

The Supreme Court has observed that the tracking of biomedical waste needs to be improved urgently by adopting the bar-code system as per the Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling) 2016 Rules.

India’s pollution watchdog, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), has released guidelines for handling, treatment and safe disposal of biomedical waste generated during treatment, diagnosis and quarantine of patients confirmed or suspected to have the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Though India already had Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules, 2016, the CPCB guidelines were released to ensure that the waste generated specifically during testing of people and treatment of COVID-19 patients is disposed of in a scientific manner.

Despite these guidelines, biomedical wastes are piling up in Indian cities and town. Have a look at what recent headline says about this potential .erious health hazard.

Poor handling of biomedical waste puts Chennai under threat

Household generation of biomedical waste has more than tripled, from around five tonnes a day before March to 16-17 tonnes now, across 15 zones of the Greater Chennai Corporation. But only one-third of it is handled at the Manali incineration plant. The rest is either burnt or buried in unused burial grounds.

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Biomedical waste disposal: Seven healthcare institutions get notices in Haryana

In another move aimed at streamlining biomedical waste management, the Panipat regional office of Haryana State Pollution Control Board has served notices on seven healthcare agencies, including the Panipat chapter of Indian Red Cross Society and ESI hospital of Panipat.

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Ensure proper disposal of Covid-19 biomedical waste: HC directs MPCB

The Bombay high court (HC) on directed  the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to ensure that Covid-19 biomedical waste is properly disposed of by scrupulously complying with the provisions of the Biomedical Waste Management Rules, 2016.

Bar codes to track biomedical waste

The Supreme Court has observed that the tracking of biomedical waste needs to be improved urgently by adopting the bar-code system as per the Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling) 2016 Rules.

Plastic, biomedical waste produced by Covid must be dealt with properly

The Centre should stitch together a national protocol that combines The Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules, 2016, with the recently released Environment Ministry guidelines on ‘extended producer responsibility’ for producers of plastic.

With rise in Covid-19 cases, biomedical waste in Ghaziabad increases by 390%

According to data by the Uttar Pradesh pollution control board (UPPCB), the district generated about 3152.7 kilogram(kg) of BMW in April, 2,685.73 kg in May, and 12,321.2 kg in June alone. Officials said that majority of the BMW generated in the district was related to the treatment of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and its amount increased as more Covid facilities opened in the district.

 

 

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