|Ready to roar: The Alfa Therm incinerator
at RIMS, Ranchi. (Hardeep Singh)
Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) will finally bid adieu to its clinical waste woes.
The premier healthcare institute will start operating its new diesel-run incinerator to dispose of biomedical waste this month.
The hospital management is currently in the process of obtaining a no-objection certificate from the Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) to run the environment-friendly machine that is ready to roar in its backyard.
RIMS director Tulsi Mahto said: “Apart from the NOC, another formality that needs to be taken care of is that we will have to get the handover certificate from Alfa Therm Limited, the company that built it, after which the incinerator will be ready to run. We are hopeful of starting it by the first week of this month.”
Obtained from Alfa Therm Limited, an ISO 9001:2000 company, at a cost of Rs 60 lakh, the high-powered incinerator has two refractory-lined chambers, one mounted atop the other. It can decompose 100 kilograms of biomedical waste per hour and comes with a five-year maintenance guarantee from the company.
“It will be operated by Annapurna Utility, the agency that looks after cleanliness and sanitation of the hospital. The company has already trained people to run it,” the director added.
Mahto further said before starting the new incinerator, the old one, which is 22 years’ old, will be dismantled. The existing incinerator, having a single chamber, has half the capacity of the new machine.
According to Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board norms, bio-medical waste cannot be disposed of in the open and have to be properly processed in an incinerator. Or else, they can lead to health hazards.
In the capital, state-run RIMS alone has its own incinerator.
Other hospitals and nursing homes send their bio-medical waste to Ramgarh, where Bio-Genetic Private Limited runs an incinerator.
The private operator carries the organic waste from around 120 health hubs across the capital city daily and processes it at the Ramgarh unit.