SUBJECT :Biomedical Waste Rules  

Chandigarh, June 14
Intensifying its drive against health units violating provisions of the Biomedical Waste (Management and handling) Rules, 1998, a team of the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee along with SDM (East) Abhishek Dev sealed 13 clinics here today.

The authorities had sealed 10 such units on Friday. Today, the team of the Chandigarh administration sealed six clinics at Mani Majra and five at Hallo Majra and two at Daria village.

According to officials concerned, 37 clinics were served notices for flouting the biomedical waste management rules. The rules require that any person or institution generating, collecting, receiving, transporting, disposing, storing or handling biomedical waste in any form would be responsible for its segregation into containers. Moreover, no untreated biomedical waste can be stored for more than 48 hours.

The notices to comply with rules were issued to these units but they failed to submit reply, said officials.

Notice to GMSH

The authorities have also issued a notice to Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, for violating provisions of the Biomedical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules as its incinerator was not working properly. The member secretary of the pollution board, PJS Dadwal, said it was found that the required temperature was not being maintained by the operators at the incinerator. Residents living in the vicinity of the hospital had been complaining of the foul smell emanating from the incinerator

Source: Tribune News Service