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Karandih hospital to get incinerator

The East Singhbhum district health department will set up an incinerator at the newly built sadar hospital in Karandih in an attempt to streamline the process of disposal of bio-medical waste generated by steel city nursing homes.

The incinerator, which is likely to be installed on a public-private-partnership (PPP) basis, will also cater to private hospitals, most of which end up dumping amputated limbs, placenta, used syringes, cotton, plasters, et al, in garbage vats.

Speaking to The Telegraph, East Singhbhum civil surgeon Vibha Sharan confirmed that she had sent a proposal to the health department for installing the incinerator at Karandih hospital. The move, she said, was prompted by a probe of the health department in 2009, which revealed that most of the 37 private hospitals and nursing homes of the city functioned without an incinerator, forcing them to dispose of hazardous waste in the open.

“We had then directed private medical clinics and hospitals to dump their bio-waste at MGM Medical College and Hospital. However, we later found out that the MGM incinerator had been lying defunct for the past two years,” Sharan said, adding that they managed to mend the incinerator around two months ago.

“We then approached the hospital management, seeking the charges at which the waste was to be disposed of. But in the meantime, the incinerator again went out of order,” Sharan said.

“We therefore decided to set up an incinerator at Karandih sadar hospital, which will be under the district civil surgeon. Hence, fixing the rates for disposing bio-medical waste will not be an issue,” Sharan said.

Notably, Jharkhand Human Rights Council, a city-based social organisation, has been clamouring against the practice of disposal of medical waste in an “unhygienic” way by private medical institutions since 2008. The council had also managed to raise the issue on the floor of the state Assembly.

“Most private nursing homes bury their bio-medical waste in a pit on barren land and cover it with bleaching powder. Others just get rid of the waste by dumping it at an open field to be devoured by scavengers or picked up by rag pickers.

Tata Main Hospital, Tata Motors Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Rajasthan Seva Sadan, Brahmananda Narayan Chikatshyalay and Tinplate Hospital are the only private medical institutions in the city that have incinerators.

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