“As per the annual report on Bio-Medical Waste Management for the year 2011, some of the HCFs are reported to be violating the provisions of the Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 1998 as amended. Show cause or directions have been issued to 3585 defaulting HCFs and CBMWTFs,” Environment and Forest minister Jayanthi Natarajan informed the Lok Sabha.

In a written reply, she said that as per an order of the Principal Bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) at New Delhi, 33 hospitals in the national capital were inspected by a Joint Inspection Team (JIT).

“Out of these 33 hospitals, 17 hospitals were found violating the Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 1998. It has not been brought to the notice of the ministry that these hospitals are facing financial crunch to comply with the directions of the NGT,” she added.”

Read the whole story at The Hindu

Our Opinion

Hospitals are trying to keep their facilities clean by dumping all their trash out on the streets that so many Indian people sleep on. These are all hazardous chemicals and sharp wastes capable of spreading deadly infections in the nearby community. On one side, they are treating patients and on the other, they are creating a new diseases in the community. Instead of eradicating sickness in the society, they’re increasing the number of patients. Government needs to make harsh rules on bio-medical waste otherwise it can and it will be great cause of many deadly diseases. Every week we hear a new story on the bad sanitation system we have that is been cause of more than half of the infectious diseases. Hospitals such as All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Ram Manohar Lohia, Maharaja Agrasen, Northern Railways Central, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Lala Ram Swaroop Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases, MVID and two ESI hospitals in Rohini and Basai Darapur have also been notified to make changes says National Green Tribunal (NGT) in the latest report.

With the rainy season, all this waste travels everywhere including rivers, lakes, and oceans. India is not only polluting the streets but is also affecting the marine animals and our own drinking water. If India takes stronger action on their sanitation issues, it will eliminate more than a quarter of the ill-patients and make India a bit less polluted. With that said, the inside of the hospitals in India needs to improve just as much. It’s sad how we don’t hear any news of government noticing any hospitals in their use of medical equipment on which half of them don’t even work when needed. It is important that everything is kept sterile at all times in order to avoid infections among patients.

Few Important Points:

1.) Hospital Sanitation are dumping off trash on the streets that are many people’s homes.

2.) Biggest hospitals like AIIMS are also the culprit to bad sanitation.

By Priya (13 Posts)