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, 2012
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Workshop On Developing compliance on bio medical waste management in the state of Jharkhand

Source: Toxics Link, Date: , 2012

The waste management in Ranchi as well as in the entire Jharkhand is again a troublesome issue, starting from the segregation till final disposal of the bio medical wastes. There is no Common Bio Medical Waste Treatment Facility (CBWTF) in the state of Jharkhand and hence, no hospitals in Ranchi are willingly taking up the segregation issue. The entire issue of waste management in the state of Jharkhand is a vicious circle, controlled by various stakeholders.

Toxics Link in collaboration with Lok Swar Organized a one day workshop on developing compliance on bio medical waste management in the state of Jharkhand. The workshop aimed at to develop steps towards improving the compliance of bio medical waste (management & handling rule 1998 in the state and establish waste management system in the hospital. It also seeked to come up with some concrete solution on the issue.

Dr. Ragini (Toxic Link) presented on global issue of Bio medical waste management and emphasized on appropriate management of medical waste. She said that it is necessary to implement the rule at grass root level for the well being of humanity & society. Dr. Mahato (Director RIMS) briefed that bio medical waste has become a problem for the human society & people are being affected with various disease and said that it was necessary to think seriously towards the issue. He further briefed that Ranchi does not have sufficient number of incinerator & RIMS management is trying for it.

While Ajay Nath Sahadev, Deputy Mayor, RMC appreciated the joint effort of Lok Swar & Toxic Link but laid emphasis that these types of workshop should be result oriented. He further suggested that media should play an important role in creating awareness on the issue.  While Shalini Samvedna (Secretary lok swar) threw light on the problems of with small hospitals and nursing homes and presented data and detailed report on medical waste & various problems occurring in the city due to medical waste.

Dr. Ajoy kumar (former president Indian medical association (IMA) said that the workshop was a very good initiative and this type of workshop on such an important issue should be organized regularly. He further recommended that the government should pass special budget for bio medical waste. Mr. Sudhir, (State pollution control Board) elaborated on the regulatory provisions under bio medical waste management rule 1998.

Mr. Rajesh Sinha, (Deputy Conservator, Forest & Environment Department) said that apart from the department of Forest and Environment and other concerned department, the general public should also become conscious about the issue and try to reduce both house hold and medical waste.

Post lunch there was a session on problem faced by nurses in hospitals regarding medical waste (Laxmi nursing home) followed by an open discussion. Also some key recommendations were made that included regular follow up activity; training of nurses in hospitals & nursing institutes; conformity of concerned government department; developing alliance with general public & their awareness.