India’s biomedical waste management in the crapper


A study has found that Chennai and Mumbai are the only large capital cities in India with an effective system to manage biomedical waste.

The Times of India reported that the survey performed by the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN) and published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research has that around 82% of primary tertiary health care facilities have no credible biomedical waste management system. The study covered 400 hospitals within 20 states, both government run and private.
Delhi, Jaipur, Chandigarh and Lucknow are four of the seven cities that received a “red” rating, indicating that they fell under the bare minimum required to ensure safe disposal.
India, along with the UK and United Stated was among the first countries in the late 1990s to initiate measures for safe biomedical waste disposal.
Biomedical waste, which can include used bandages, discarded needles, anatomical waste and amputated body parts can pose direct risk to garbage collectors and ragpickers, causing infection and diseases.
According The Times of India, the country “produces 272.15 crore kg of medical waste every year, and this figure is expected to grow 8% annually.”

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