Clinical waste disposal in India – how bad can they get #2

A Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) team found 2 tonnes of biomedical waste at a shop of a scrap dealer in Dhanas in a raid on Friday, a day after 700kg of waste allegedly from PGI was recovered from Parch village near Nayagaon in Mohali district.

The team headed by a sub-divisional officer raided around 20 scrap dealers near Togan village on the border of Chandigarh and Mohali. It got information that scarp dealer Upendra in Dhanas had biomedical waste. The waste seized from his shop included needles, syringes, vials, used cotton and gloves. He said he had bought the waste from Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, a claim that was trashed by the hospital.

GMCH medical superintendent Dr Ravi Gupta said, “It is impossible to take away biomedical waste from GMCH as the hospital has tight security. Allegations can be levelled by anyone. Our medical waste is weighed and sent to PGI, where again it is weighed and treated.”


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