Medical waste generated from hospitals in Erode district should be properly segregated, stored and handed over to public medical waste treatment plants for treatment, said District Collector Mr. C. Kathiravan.
He said disposal of medical waste in an unauthorized manner should be avoided. Violators who do not follow the rules will be severely punished.
The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Environmental Diversity has announced the Medical Waste Management Rules, 2016 for the systematic collection, separation, treatment and disposal of medical waste.
Adherence to these rules can reduce the production of medical waste and the impact on the environment. The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has the power to enforce these rules.
According to these rules, medical waste generated from hospitals must be properly segregated, stored and handed over to public medical waste treatment plants for treatment.
Also, medical waste that can cause infection should not be stored for more than 48 hours.
The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has already issued various instructions to all hospitals, local bodies, health departments and related departments for proper handling of medical waste.
In addition, various complaints are constantly received through newspapers and media regarding the illegal dumping of medical waste on roads, riverbanks, water bodies and isolated areas.
In the current Covid 19 epidemic, improper dumping of medical waste in the open can have serious consequences for public health and the environment.
Therefore, all hospitals, Covid-19 maintenance centers, and isolated camps should properly segregate and store medical waste and hand it over only to public medical waste treatment plants approved by the Pollution Control Board within the respective areas.
Also, public should make sure to avoid disposing of medical waste in an unauthorized manner.
Those who do not follow the rules will be severely punished, he warned.