Kolkata hospitals served with closure notice on waste disposal
A premier private hospital and three state-run ones have been served closure notices by the West Bengal Pollution Control Board for violating the Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998.
Kolkata: A premier private hospital and
three state-run ones have been served closure notices by the
West Bengal Pollution Control Board for violating the
Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998.
At fault were state-run Calcutta Medical College and
Hospital, Howrah state General Hospital, and Uluberia
sub-divisional hospitals, besides the privately-run Calcutta
Medical Research Institute (CMRI).
Improper management of untreated bio-medical wastes
would result in recycling of disposable syringes and plastic
items and also turn non-infectious general waste into
infectious waste, a PCB spokesman said today.
The healthcare units were responsible for segregation
of bio-medical waste in colour-coded bags, destroying
disposable syringes, saline bottles and IV sets before handing
them over to the operator.
"All defaulting healthcare units were called for a
hearing this month and show-cause notices were issued to the
three state hospitals," a PCB spokesman said today.
The Board has issued notice to CMRI for closure
allowing them a month`s time to improve waste management and
imposed a pollution cost of Rs one lakh for repetitive
violation of the Board`s order, he said.
The PCB spokesman said the three state government
hospitals submitted unsatisfactory replies, which would be
sent to the Health Department for comments after which
further action would be taken.
He said like other states, bio-medical waste treatment
plants were operating in five districts, which collect
untreated bio-medical wastes against service charges.