Medical waste management plant being established in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI A medical 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.

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) and Prism Foundation are jointly

implementing the plant establishment project on more than one bigha of land

at Naodapara area, said Sheikh Mamun, Chief Conservancy Officer of RCC.

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 by end of next month.

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. Mamun 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.

Dr Abdul Mannan, President of Private Medical Practitioners Association,

said there are more than 200 diagnostic centres, clinics and hospitals only

in the city producing around three to four tonnes of wastes 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 wastes 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.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)