Jammu, March 5 (Scoop News) – A one day ‘training cum awareness Workshop’ on bio-medical waste management was organised by J&K State Pollution Control Board here today which was chaired by Minister for forest, Environment, Ecology and wildlife, Mian Altaf Ahmad.
Speaking on the occasion, Mian Altaf Ahmad impressed upon the Health and Medical Education Department to set up treatment facilities for management of Bio-medical waste. He said that HCEs generate around 2600 kg of infectious waste per day, which if not segregated properly can make the entire waste of the hospital potentially infectious. He stressed on the need of creating awareness at all levels so that Bio-medical waste is handled with responsibility.
The Minister appreciated the Board for holding such an innovative programme which will help in planning out strategies for effective management of bio-medical waste. He also asked for strong coordination among all concerned agencies connected with this vital task.
Shantmanu informed that an Advisory Committee headed by Commissioner/Secretary to Government, Forest department was constituted in 1999 to advise the State Government and Prescribed authority on matters related to the implementation of Bio-medical waste (Management and handing) Rules in the State. He recommended that task forces have to be created by Health and Medical Education department at District level headed by District Chief Medical Officer to ensure strict implementation, compliance and monitoring of Bio-medical waste management.
Chairman, J&K State Pollution Control Board Lal Chand informed that the status of compliance to the Bio-Medical waste rules is not satisfactory and immediate steps need to be taken to set up facilities required for safe and scientific disposal of Bio-medical waste in Government hospitals, veterinary hospitals and other such institutions in Government and private sector.
Member Secretary, J&K State Pollution control Board, Dr. Mohit Gera made a presentation on bio-medical waste management issues in J&K and touched upon important issues required to be addressed to ensure effectual implementation of bio-medical waste rules in the State.
Regional Director, J&K State Pollution control Board Jammu, Showkat Chowdhary presented vote of thanks.
Meanwhile, two technical sessions, chaired by Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, A.K Singh and Chairman, J&K State pollution control Board Lala Chand respectively were also organised in which speakers from Health and Medical Education Department, Central Pollution Control Board, State Pollution Control Board, Private hospitals and related agencies dwelt on various issues of bio-medical waste management .
Besides, difficulties faced by Health Care establishments as well as regulators and amendments in the rules based on field experience gained by the State Pollution Control Board as well as Central Pollution control Board were also deliberated upon.