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32 hospitals get pollution board notice

The State Pollution Control Board has issued notices to 32 healthcare units for their failure to ensure proper segregation and disposal of bio-medical waste.

Notices were issued on the basis of shortcomings observed by a three-member committee of scientists which carried out inspections of 62 hospitals, 43 private and 19 government facilities in Shimla, Solan, Sirmour, Una, Hamirpur, Chamba, Kangra, Bilaspur, Mandi and Kullu districts. The committee went through the management practices being adopted by hospitals.

While most of the hospitals were handling the bio-medical waste in accordance with the provisions of the State Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules, shortcomings were noticed in the segregation, storage and disposal of the waste in some of these. Notices were issued to 11 government and 21 private hospitals.

Member Secretary of the board Vineet Kumar said directions had been issued to the erring healthcare units to take corrective steps within a stipulated period to avoid action.

The Tribune (26-11-2013)