20February2018

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Delhi-NCR generates 5,900 tonnes medical waste per annum: ASSOCHAM

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 BS RAWAT
NEW DELHI: Non-treated hospital waste always causes public health risks.

With an increase in the number of healthcare facilities, the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) collectively generates over 5,900 tonnes of medical waste annually, as per an ASSOCHAM survey.

The survey revealed that most of this medical trash remains untreated and is dumped with municipal waste and thus causes a serious health and environmental hazard.

According to estimates, Delhi alone generates around 2200 tonnes of bio medical waste annually.  Noida/Greater Noida create 1200 tonnes of bio-medical waste, Gurgaon produces 1100 tonnes, while Ghaziabad's share is estimated at around 800 tonnes, says the ASSOCHAM survey.

As far as Faridabad is concerned, estimates reveal that this town generates 600 tonnes of bio-medical waste.

ASSOCHAM Secretary General, D S Rawat, said lack of proper disposal of hospital trash can pose serious risks to people's health and environment. The waste disposal should be done as per policy guidelines framed by the state government.

About 65% of the hospital waste is non-hazardous. However, mixing of the hazardous trash with general waste leads to contamination. This leads to a risk of infections and diseases to anyone coming in contact with such items, the survey added

The survey said that the non-treated hospital waste always causes public health risks, the potential health effects of which include AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome), Hepatitis B and C, gastro infections, respiratory infections, blood stream infections, skin infections, effects of radioactive substances and intoxication.

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