Medical &Health

Experts for clinical waste management hygienically

RAJSHAHI Health experts at a participatory discussion here unanimously called for bringing all the clinical wastes under hygienic management to protect the environment from pollution and contamination.

They also observed that management of the clinical wastes is very

important for establishing an eco-friendly atmosphere in all the hospitals,

diagnostic centres and clinics.

The observation came at a daylong workshop titled “Medical Waste

Management (out house management) with Government approved committee under

Rajshahi Division/City Corporation” at conference hall of Rajshahi city

bhaban yesterday.

Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and Rajshahi City

Corporation (RCC) jointly organized the workshop.

DGHS Director Dr Belal Hossain and Divisional Director of Health

Services Dr Gopendra NathAcharya addressed the workshop as chief and special

guests respectively with RCC Secretary Abu Hayat Rahmatullah in the chair.

Deputy Director of the Department of Environment Munir Hossain, Civil

Surgeon Dr Enamul Haque, Vice Principal of Rajshahi Medical College Professor

Dr Bulbul Hossain and local unit President of Private Medical Practitioners

Association Dr Abdul Mannan also spoke.

Dr Belal Hossain said clinical waste management is the precondition to

ensure overall cleanliness in the hospital, reduce health risks of the

service providers and to prevent the spreading of infectious diseases.

In his remarks, Dr Abdul Mannan said there are more than 200 diagnostic

centres, clinics and hospitals only in the city producing around three to

four tonnes of waste every day and the huge wastes are being dumped in the

open places indiscriminately posing a serious threat to the public health as

well as other wildlife.

There is an insinuator in the compound of Rajshahi Medical College

Hospital (RMCH) in order to dispose of its waste but it remained non-

functional for over last one year. Currently, the RMCH is burning out its

wastes in an open place which isn’t safe and hygienic.

In all aspects, there is no any modern medical waste management plant in

the city. Whereas, there are tough laws against frequent and unhygienic

disposal of the wastes, Dr Mannan added.

He, however, said the upcoming plant will contribute a lot towards

hygienic management and disposal of the medical waste in the city.

Abu Hayat Rahmatullah told the meeting that a clinical waste management

plant is being established in Rajshahi city aimed at bringing all the wastes

including the risky and harmful ones produced in both public and private

clinics, diagnostics and hospitals under proper and hygienic management and

disposal.

The RCC and Prism Foundation are jointly implementing the project on

more than one bigha of land at Naodapara area.

Lion portion of the infrastructural development works have already been

completed and the plant is expected to go into functioning after installation

of requisite machineries and instruments within the near future.

The plant will operate a covered van for collecting wastes from the

existing clinics and hospitals regularly. Afterwards, those will be destroyed

through categorically segregations.

Hayat Rahmatullah said the wastes will be destroyed in six modern and

standard methods including insinuation, autoclave, chemical disinfection,

slather, washing and dumping of the severed parts of the human body through

the plant.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)