Civil Hospital directed to upgradebio-medical waste disposal system

  • Vandana Singh, Hindustan Times, LUDHIANA
  • Updated: Nov 29, 2014 15:10 IST

The bio-medical waste disposal system of Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital will be upgraded soon as per the norms, officiating medical superintendent Dr Renu said this here on Friday.

The officiating medical superintendent accompanied by senior medical officer (SMO) Dr RK Karkara visited the hospital to take a stock of the situation on Friday. She ordered to install tanks beneath sinks in different departments, including blood bank, operation theatres, laboratories, etc. after she found disposal of liquid bio-medical waste unhealthy.

The liquid bio-medical waste is produced where the samples of blood, urine, etc. are taken or where the equipment are washed used during operations.

Dr Renu said, “Though we have a good bio-medical waste system and the waste is disposed of as per rules, a tank with sodium hypochlorite solution will also be kept under the sink so as to ensure the bio-medical waste is properly filtered before it goes into the drainage system.”

It is pertinent to mention that the civil hospital was recently served a notice by the director, health department, for not following proper norms, including the management of bio-medical waste.

Dr Renu added that for the convenience of the patients, doctors’ names would be displayed at the out-patient department (OPD), and the parking contractors have also been advised to follow all norms.


After the deaths of new-born babies in the civil hospital, health director Dr Karanjit Singh had directed that at least a gynaecologist and an anaesthetist should remain present on duty during the night.

He also instructed hospitals to take help of MBBS doctors trained in emergency obstetric care (EMOC) to deal with staff crunch.

These MBBS doctors are trained to do the caesarean section and complicated deliveries in absence of a gynaecologist.

The director had also ordered that at least one paediatrician should always be present at special new-born care unit (SNCU).

The SNCU is partially operational at the Mother-Child Hospital but lacks adequate staff.

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