Teams for tackling bio-medical waste

Teams for tackling bio-medical waste

Under the proposed framework, the Forest, Ecology and Environment department will constitute a team of six persons at all district centres. The team would be initially trained in bio-medical waste management in Bangalore under the supervision of the Environment Management and Policy Research Institute (EMPRI). They will later be assigned with the responsibility of training the staff at healthcare establishments in respective districts.

The government has entrusted the responsibility of the entire process to deputy commissioners, district health officers and chief executive officers of Zilla Panchayats.

EMPRI will act as a nodal agency to train trainers and para medical staff will be in charge of coordination. The trainers’ team will comprise a doctor from the department of Community Medicine/Microbiology Department not below the rank of associate professor of a medical college, a representative of Indian Medical Association, deputy director of animal husbandry, a senior nurse of the district hospital, a senior nursing superintendent of a private hospital and district nodal officer for the Karnataka Health System Development and Reforms Project.

The disposal of bio-medical waste has become a daunting task, particularly in large cities and towns. Due to lack of conscientious efforts and a stringent legal framework, bio-medical waste is being disposed randomly, thus causing health hazards. The proposed framework is expected to give a fillip to the efforts of the district administrations in the disposal of hazardous waste.

The team of trainers will be held responsible for any lapses in the disposal of bio-medical waste and it will have to report any discrepancy in the system to the Karnataka Pollution Control Board.