PCMC warns clinics of stern action over improper biomedical waste disposal

PCMC warns clinics of stern action over improper biomedical waste disposal

PCMC warns clinics of stern action over improper biomedical waste disposal

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Twin City Clinics Face Action for Mixing Medical Waste with Regular Trash

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has taken action against clinics and private doctors in the city for illegally disposing of biomedical waste with regular garbage, which poses serious health risks to citizens.

The PCMC warned the medical community to follow the mandatory Biomedical Waste Rules 2016 or face strict action. Health officials conducted a workshop on Sunday to educate private practitioners about proper waste disposal methods and regulations.

The city has 617 registered hospitals and 1,456 clinics. However, inspections often reveal used syringes, bandages, and blood-soaked cotton mixed with regular waste.

Dr Abhay Dadewar, PCMC health officer, highlighted the dangers of improper disposal and the enforcement power granted by the 2016 rules. He clarified that even small clinics are subject to these regulations.

Another official pointed out past instances of action taken against violators, including illegal dumping near rivers and bridges.

The Biomedical Waste Rules apply to anyone handling medical waste, including clinics, dispensaries, labs, and vaccination camps.

Dr. Sushil Mutiyan, the President of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), stated that the ”workshop held on Sunday successfully raised awareness in the community regarding the issue of waste generation. However, he pointed out that only a few clinics produce a significant amount of waste.” As a result, he urged the PCMC to provide solutions for cases where waste generation is minimal and infrequent. Over 300 medical professionals were present for the programme. 

This issue highlights the importance of proper biomedical waste management to protect public health and the environment. PCMC’s actions aim to ensure responsible practices throughout the medical community.

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