New bio-medical waste management rules get stringent, Pune doctors unaware
The New Indian Express
Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune | Updated: June 10, 2016 1:33 am
Doctors will now have to set up their own websites and upload the amount of bio-medical waste that has been generated at their clinics or hospitals every month. This data will have to be sent to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, which in turn will forward it to the central pollution control authorities for a stricter check.
With pollution becoming a significant threat, particularly by bringing down life expectancy, the environment ministry’s bio-medical waste management rules 2016 has also imposed stricter norms for incinerators that dispose bio-medical waste to ensure that emissions are below the permissible limits.
The new rules have laid down various criteria, which are to be implemented soon. However, when contacted, several doctors and civic officials were unaware of them. It has been two months since the new bio-medical waste management rules 2016 were released, but there is a clear lack of awareness among doctors and even civic authorities about the rules, admits Pradeep Mulay, Director of Passco Environmental solutions, which disposes bio-medical waste daily from Pune’s hospitals and dispensaries.
“In fact, the common incinerator facility operators will hold a meeting on June 10 to discuss these new rules and how to implement it in the city,” Mulay said.