Pollution axe on 141 hospitals
Patna: The state pollution control board on Thursday issued "proposed closure direction" notices to 141 hospitals in 20 districts for not following environmental norms.
The notices were sent to 13 hospitals in Bhagalpur, 12 in Sitamarhi, nine each in Darbhanga, Gaya and Purnea, eight each in Begusarai, Munger and West Champaran, seven each in Muzaffarpur and Madhubani, six each in Gopalganj, Sheohar, Siwan and Araria, five each in Saran, East Champaran, Samastipur and Katihar, four in Lakhisarai, and three in Jehanabad.
Board chairman Ashok Ghosh said the hospitals didn't have essentials such as effluent treatment plants and syringe shredders. "The hospitals also didn't have tie-up with centralised incineration functional in their respective districts," Ghosh said. "This proves that they were dumping their bio-medical waste unscientifically and exposing others to potential infections. In majority of the cases, the notice, however, has been issued due to not having effluent treatment plants."
He also said the board had earlier issued closure notices to 14 hospitals of Patna: Aarohi Hospital, Satyam Hospital, Rai Nursing Home, New Max Care Hospital, Get Well Hospital, Mahavir Vatsalya Aspatal, Mahavir Arogya Sansthan, Patliputra Divine Hospital, Sri Ram Hospital and Research Centre, Chanakya Hospital, Anupama Hospital, Popular Nursing Home, Rajendra Hospital, and Atlantis Super Speciality Hospital.
Eight other hospitals warned to adhere to bio-medical waste disposal rules are Mahavir Cancer Sansthan, Ruban Emergency Hospital, Kurji Holy Family Hospital, Jeevak Heart Hospital, Arvind Hospital, Ram Ratan Hospital, Medica Magadh Hospital, and Bhagalpur's Synergy Waste Management Private Limited.
"While many have given compliance against the closure notice and they claimed to have set up ETP after receiving the notice, some have sought three months time to install the plant," Ghosh said. "We are going to be tough on the hospitals on this; violation of environmental norms is only going to add to the disease burden."
The board also issued closure direction against eight brick kilns in Gopalganj and one in Patna district for not taking permission to run the units.