In the backdrop of reports that outbreak of hepatitis was possibly due to use of contaminated syringes, Union Health Minister Ambumani Ramadoss on Monday asked state hospitals to quickly start using auto disable syringes by April 30 this year as it is been made mandatory.
While almost all central hospitals are using AD syringes, health centres in many states are not using them. The case of Modasa in Gujarat where Hepatitis B infection has killed several people is a fine example, Ramadoss said on the sidelines of the launch of Asian Heart Institute's helpline for people suffering from heart problems in Mumbai.
Gujarat health officials have established that unsafe syringes and injection needles could be one of the possible reasons for the spread of hepatitis B in Modasa town.
A major concern over AD syringes is the large quantity of bio-medical waste it generates. Urban centres are equipped with infrastructure for treatment of biomedical waste. But the Centre will give some more time for the states to prepare itself to handle the biomedical waste, the minister said.
But after, Gujarat outbreak, they have to act as soon as possible, he said.
Anbumani also said the scientists and doctors are monitoring the situation and also working to find the real source (root cause) of the spread of the disease in that area.
Scientists in both National Institute of Virology and National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) are working on the problem, he said.