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Govt yet to initiate steps for safe handling of waste

The state government is yet to initiate steps for the safe handling of waste generated from hospitals, medical health institutions, colleges and university laboratories.

The indiscriminate disposal of waste generated from government medical institutions in the district has become a major health hazard and risk to human population.

A few private health institutions have already tied up with a private company of Pathankot for the collection and disposal of medical waste at their own level.

Despite the fact that Kangra has a large number of private and public health institutions, there are no provisions for the scientific handling of bio-medical waste.

Many khuds and water streams of the Kangra valley have been badly polluted by the dumping of medical and other waste. These streams are a major source of drinking water for people of lower areas as the Irrigation and Public Health Department has itself tapped water from these streams for drinking water supply schemes.

Scientists confirmed that HIV, hepatitis, jaundice, typhoid and other epidemics spread through the contamination of water.

The Government of India has already taken steps to regulate the wastes generated in medical and health institutions. The notifications to this effect have been circulated to the states. Subsequently, the Bio-Medical Waste Management and Handling Rules have been forwarded to the states by the Union Government.

However, the state government recently issued notices to 30 private hospitals in the state for the proper handling of bio medical waste, but more steps are needed to implement these rules and notifications in the state.

In the absence of any treatment plant, municipal councils and panchayats of the district are dumping the entire medical waste in a stream. 

Health hazard

* The indiscriminate disposal of waste generated from government medical institutions in the district has become a major health hazard

* Despite the fact that Kangra has a large number of private and public health institutions, there are no provisions for the scientific handling of bio-medical waste

* Many water streams of the valley have been polluted by the dumping of medical and other waste

The Tribune (29-11-2013)