DESAM fumes over poor management of Bio Medical waste

TMB Report

IMPHAL: Frustrated over the improper management of bio-medical waste by the hospitals which may lead to community spread of COVID-19, Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur has threatened to lodge a complaint with the National Green Tribunal.

DESAM Assistant Secretary said that although Government converted the JNIMS Hospital into COVID Care Centre as a measure to prevent spread of COVID-19, the incinerator machine of the hospital to process the bio-medical waste has been lying defunct. The huge bio-medical wastes discharged from the hospital are being incinerated at a space near the incinerator machine.

Is it acceptable to incinerate the bio-medical waste at any space? If so, which law of the Manipur Pollution Control Board authorizes it? Does the board permit the JNIMS to incinerate the Bio Medical waste at such space? If law does not permit such way of incineration of Bio Medical waste, concerned Authority should be fixed responsibility for any eventualities as fallout of such unauthorized incineration and State Pollution Control Board should also initiate befitting action against the concerned authority, DESAM demanded.

A 150 bedded Hospital normally produces 15000 – 20000 litres of liquid Bio medical waste  a day. Unluckily, the key Hospitals in the state like RIMS, JNIMS and other prominent Private Hospitals are yet to be equipped with Effluent Treatment Plan (ETP) to manage Liquid Bio Medical waste. Liquid Bio Medical waste mixed with the environment thereby causing various diseases and health hazards to the human being. As such, Government should initiate action to ensure that RIMS, JNIMS and other prominent Private Hospitals are equipped with Incinerator and Effluent Treatment Plant.

The state has only three incinerator machines, of which two incinerators at RIMS and JNIMS are lying defunct. The other one at Shija Hospital is a machine of low capacity.

The organisation had earlier urged the Government to install Effluent Treatment Plant. Despite Government plan to install such plant as RIMS, no visible action is taken up till date, DESAM said and demanded the State Government to install the plant at the Hospital at the earliest. 

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