333 hospitals under pollution scanner
The Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) has decided to take action against 131 government and private health facilities in the state for violating the Bio-medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 1994.
The board has also slapped show-cause notices on 333 hospitals, nursing homes and clinics both in public and private sectors asking them as to why not legal action should be initiated against them for not complying the BSPCBfs directives.
The erring centres include prominent private and government health facilities across the state. Concerned with the rampant violation of the rules, the chairman of the board, Professor Subhash Chandra Singh convened a meeting of superintendents of all medical college hospitals in Patna on Wednesday and told them sternly to implement the rules, or else action would be initiated against them.
The chairman asked the superintendents to affiliate their institutions with the combined bio-medical waste management centres, if their incinerators, auto-claves and shredders were not functioning properly.
The state has three such combined centres located at Patna, Bhagalpur and Muzaffarpur. Over 700 government and private clinics are utilizing their services for disposal of hospital waste. There are many others, who run their own incinerators.
Notably, the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has also warned over one hundred health facilities located at prime locations in the state capital for their miserable failure to dispose hazardous bio-medical wastes and violation of licensing and spread of waste in residential neighbourhoods.
The localities surrounding the PMCH and the NMCH and localities like Rajendranagar and Kankarbag have come under the ambit of Municipal action due to threats to human health.