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Odisha bio-medical waste management poor: CAG

Source: The Hindu, Date: , 2015

Comptroller and Auditor General of India said untreated liquid waste was discharged into municipal drains as bio-medical waste (BMW) management in hospitals across Odisha was found to be insufficient.“The SPCB detected violation and non-compliance of the provisions of Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling) (BMWMH) Rules by 465 hospitals in the State during 2008-13, out of which, it issued notices in 392 cases, initiated prosecution in 12 cases but the occupier was convicted in only one case,” CAG maintains. Low rate of filing cases (less than three per cent) indicated inefficient enforcement mechanism, it adds.“Despite repeated instructions of SPCB, three government medical college hospitals did not take appropriate measures to augment equipment, infrastructure and services for proper BMW management,” CAG points out in its latest report.

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