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Despite warnings, hospitals continue to flout waste rules

Darpan Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 24, 2013
First Published: 01:28 IST(24/8/2013) | Last Updated: 01:31 IST(24/8/2013)

The National Green Tribunal on Friday said nine Delhi hospitals, including AIIMS and RML, are flouting with impunity rules laid down for safe disposal of highly infectious biomedical waste.

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These hospitals have failed to improve their waste disposal standards despite repeated instructions from the tribunal. Having inspected the hospitals, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee on Friday informed the tribunal there was non-compliance of the rules.

Bio-medical wastes such as tissues, organs, body parts, needles, syringes, scalpels and blades are highly infectious and can lead to infections and ailments if not handled properly. Delhi generates 70 tonnes of biomedical waste every day.

“…unfortunately, most are government hospitals and deal with a larger section of society …we make it clear that compliance of shortcomings and deficiencies be done at the earliest,” the tribunal said and added this would be the last opportunity for these hospitals.

The tribunal has formed a committee also comprising a senior scientist from the Environment Protection Training and Research Institute, Hyderabad, to inspect all the nine hospitals before the next date of hearing (September 27) and place a report.

“…we could have directed prosecution of heads of these hospitals for persistent default, but keeping in mind the assurance given, we refrain authorities from doing so. But remedial measures to remove the shortcomings should be taken without fail at the earliest,” the tribunal said.

Other errant hospitals are Maharaja Agrasen, Northern Railways Central, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Lala Ram Swaroop Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases, MVID and two ESI hospitals in Rohini and Basai Darapur.


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