749 healthcare units get BBMP notices

749 healthcare units get BBMP notices

749 healthcare units get BBMP notices

These units have also reportedly failed to produce the no objection certificate (NOC) from the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB).

BBMP officials, who visited as many as 783 hospitals, nursing homes and clinics across the eight zones under its jurisdiction since November 4, found glaring loopholes in the disposal of biomedical waste. Around 34 of them complied with rules and regulations. The BBMP  has also directed the healthcare units to produce  documents on or before December 31, 2010, to get their licences, failing which they will be shut down without prior warning from January 1, 2011.

In the last 20 days, as many as 475 units procured NOCs issued by the KSPCB and 558 healthcare units got the BBMP licence.

However, 308 units failed to get the NOC and 225 healthcare establishments did not get BBMP licences.

According to the directions provided under the BBMP circular, healthcare units will have to dispose of the hazardous biomedical waste through effluent plants constructed by incinerator manufacturing firms Ramki or Mardi.

BBMP records state that only 225 units have been disposing   of hazardous bio-medical waste through effluent plants while 554 units have failed to do so.

Poor state

So poor is the status of the disposing of the bio-medical waste that not a single effluent plant was found in the entire Yelahanka zone. 

The BBMP has now issued a public appeal to citizens informing them about the Lok Adalat directions to the KSPCB to ensure the scientific and systematic disposal of  biomedical waste.