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Tamil Nadu: Biomedical waste needs immediate treatment

Source: Deccan Chronicle, Date: , 2017

Source: Deccan Chronicle, Tamil Nadu, April, 2017 :-In a clear violation of the Biomedical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2016, formulated a year ago, none of the 22 government medical college hospitals in the state owns an effluent treatment plant (ETP) to treat the liquid medical waste. In a ground check conducted by Deccan Chronicle, it was learnt that Government College Hospitals, including Stanley Medical College and Madras Medical College, let out their highly pathogenic liquid into the common city sewer system, without an adequate treatment. Medical experts also admit that the Christian Medical College (CMC) Hospital, Vellore, was the only set up to have installed a comprehensive ETP and a recyclable unit 17 years ago, thereby adhering to the Biomedical Waste Rules, 2016. Ironically, the 22 Government Medical College hospitals are now in the preliminary stages of attaining permission from the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), to set up ETPs, said a TNPCB official.

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