The Dehradun district magistrate SA Murugesan has formed a committee in order to keep a check for ensuring proper medical waste disposal management. There are eight members in the committee including one from the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD). The members will actively check the proper disposal of medical waste.
The committee which will be headed by the DM includes chief medical officer (CMO), member from Uttarakhand Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board (UEPPCB), a member from Public Health and Engineering Department, chief municipal health officer from MCD, a member from Indian Medical Association, Uttarakhand, a member from Department Bio-Medical Waste Management and a member from an NGO working in the field. The committee will check the disposal of medical waste in the district. Any firm found guilty of not following the rules will face action as per the regulations.
The city’s chief chief municipal health officer Dr Kailash Joshi said, “A committee has been formed by DM to keep a check in the disposal of the medical waste. Medical waste comes under the category of hazardous waste. If this waste gets mixed with the normal waste it can cause various problems like spreading of diseases. It contains harmful and communicable microorganism that may infect workers collecting it. Not only this, medical waste has the potential to cause other severe problems. It is very important that the waste gets disposed properly and does not mix with the municipal waste.”
Regarding his role in the committee, he said, “The only role we have to play in the committee is to check whether any medical waste is getting mixed with the normal waste. For this, if we get any complaint from anywhere in the city our team slaps fines on the organisation responsible. We have around 43 supervisors who are posted in various wards to check this. Recently we have penalised three local medical enterprises.”
When asked about the checking in the newly added wards under MCD he said, “The newly added wards are also checked properly as we have now divided the 100 wards into four zones. Our supervisors further ensure that medical waste remains separate from the municipal waste. Any organisation or firm found mixing medical waste with municipal waste is penalised Rs 5,000.”
Friday, 05 April 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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