Crackdown on Hospitals helps to control Bio medical waste
##ad_1##PATIALA: The Pollution Control Board of Punjab today said that crackdown on doctors and the Bio-medical treatment facilities in the state has increased the collection of Biomedical Waste at all the four Biomedical Waste treatment facilities operational in the state.
Kahan Singh Pannu, Chairman of Punjab Pollution Control Board(PPCB) claimed that the Board conducted more than 1000 surprise visits to the hospitals since July 2011 and desired results have come out.
The Biomedical Waste generated by the hospitals is collected by 4 Biomedical Waste Treatment facilities located at Mohali, Ludhiana, Amritsar and Pathankot. These facilities were handling over 91539 Kg of Bio-Medical-Waste generated by about 3000 registered hospitals and health care centers in the month of June but after the increased vigilance and surveillance since July the collection of Bio-Medical-Waste has increased by 250% by the month of September 2011.
##ad_2##He further said that the Board took meetings with the IMA and NIMA representatives at all district level and also with the State bodies of these organization at the Head Office level to prevail upon them to understand the healthy sprit behind the Bio-Medical-Waste Rules. The Board has published and circulated a colored poster depicting various modes of production of Bio-Medical-Waste and its collection at the source level as per the color coding of Bio-Medical-Waste Rules. The policy of persuasion and surveillance by the Board staff yielded the desired results.
Pannu said that as Bio-Medical Waste is a major cause of concern and many vector borne diseases spread from this waste, the focus of the Board will now be the veterinary hospitals, clinical and pathological laboratories, blood banks and unregistered doctors so that each and every part of Bio-Medical Waste should reach the treatment facility for its scientific disposal. As Board is adopting a Zero tolerance policy in this regard, he appealed the medical fraternity to be a socially and morally responsible medical institution to build healthy and green Punjab.