Bio-medical waste dump under PCB scanner
MADHYA PRADESH Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) has ordered an inquiry into the alleged dumping of Bio-Medical Waste (BMW) into the Shahpura Lake by a private hospital situated very close to the water body.india Updated: May 26, 2006 13:25 IST
MADHYA PRADESH Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) has ordered an inquiry into the alleged dumping of Bio-Medical Waste (BMW) into the Shahpura Lake by a private hospital situated very close to the water body.
It, however, took direct intervention by Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahni that eventually made MPPCB initiate the inquiry this evening. There were
several complaints by non-Governmental organisations (NGOs )and voluntary organisations against the unauthorised disposal of BMW by the hospital but no step had been taken so far to check it. This morning some members of the NGO `Prayatna’ approached the Chief Secretary and apprised him about the complaints.
“The Chief Secretary called up the MPPCB chairman and directed him to take immediate action against all those found guilty,” ‘Prayatna’ secretary Ajay Dubey told the Hindustan Times.
Subsequently, the MPPCB chairman has instructed the probe. “I have ordered a detailed inquiry into the alleged dumping of bio-medical waste in Shahpura Lake,” MPPCB chairman Prof P S Dubey confirmed.
He added the names of the investigating officers would be finalised by tomorrow while the inquiry would be completed in about a week’s time.
Meanwhile, Hospital director , while admitting to a few stray incidents of BMW dumping, put the blame on some class-IV staff of the hospital.
“We have suspended a class-IV employee who was found responsible for the dumping,” he informed. He added further action would also be initiated against any other staff members found guilty of the irresponsible act.
He however, reasoned the procedure of BMW disposal was complex and required detailed training of Class-IV staff, as they were the ones who directly dealt with it.
“Authorities must realise that it is crucial to train Class-IV employees to properly collect, segregate and dispose of the bio-medical waste,” he maintained. Nevertheless, he assured the system of bio-medical waste disposal by the hospital was being tightened to prevent even any chance acts of irresponsible dumping in the future.