| Health department principal secretary Amarjeet Sinha addresses the seminar in Patna on Wednesday. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
Patna, Feb. 22: Health department principal secretary Amarjeet Sinha today had a word of caution for private and government hospitals across the state, where bio-medical waste is not properly managed.
Addressing a daylong workshop on “Bio-medical waste management” organised by Bihar State Pollution Control Board at Beltron Bhavan in the state capital, Sinha said strict action would be taken against those hospitals, which do not adhere to the norms.
“The Clinical Establishment Act, which got a green light from the Bihar cabinet recently, will also include the provision of bio-medical waste management. According to the act, which will be launched with certain amendments in Bihar, both private and government hospitals will be forced to ensure that bio-medical waste is properly managed on the premises,” he said.
“Access to sanitation and public hygiene has always been public health challenges in our state. Therefore, it has become necessary to impose certain regulations in the health sector. We do not want to make the hospitals feel insecure. If they follow the norms, the reputation of the hospitals will improve. The common people will benefit from the service,” Sinha said, adding that his department is assisting the block-level primary health centres to maintain the bio-medical waste management.
“We are providing the block-level primary health centres with resources so that they can ensure bio-medical waste management. We are helping them financially and we are also providing them with proper equipment,” he said.
Sinha said both private and government hospitals would get two years’ time to ensure bio-medical waste management on their premises after the formation of the rules of Clinical Establishment Act.
“After two years of the implementation of the act, we will check whether the hospitals have their system in place. We will also take a note of whether the hospitals have trained nurses, lab technicians and if they have tied up with some agency to carry out the bio-medical waste management,” he explained.
Sinha also announced that surgery departments would soon be started in every government hospital of Bihar, a facility available only in a few hospitals.
The health department principal secretary added that silent generators have been installed at all the medical colleges in 27 districts. “The generators at the hospitals in the remaining 11 districts will be installed by June this year,” he said.
Earlier, the chairperson of Bihar State Pollution Control Board, Subhash Chandra Singh, and member secretary of the board Manoj Kumar Singh deliberated on the hazards of bio-medical waste.
The Union ministry of environment and forests sponsored the workshop.