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Bio Medical Waste Management Training Program, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Source: Toxics Link, Date: February , 2013
Toxics Link in
association with IMA (Indian Medical Association, Thiruvananthapuram Chapter)
and CISSA (Centre for innovation and Science and Social Action) organized a one
day training program on 14th February 2013 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The
training was on the âIssues and Challenges in Bio Medical Waste Management and
Elimination of Mercuryâ in Parashala a small town situated at the southern end
of Kerala to address some of the challenging issues and gaps in the Hospitals.
The training covered various facets of Bio Medical Waste management and hazards
of Mercury in the healthcare sector.
hospital is âcleanâ in the traditional sense of the word, the scenario of Bio
Medical Waste Management leaves a lot to be desired. Except for a few doctors
and nurses, the majority of the medical staff has not received any training on
Medical Waste management or Mercury Management. The hospital lacks knowledge on
proper segregation and awareness on the potential threats that BMW poses. The
hospital has a tie up with the only existing and operational Central treatment
Facility (CTF) in the state, IMAGE, but the system fails when it comes to
efficient segregation and collection of the waste.
The training was
mostly restricted to doctors and nurses from the hospital, except for a few
doctors from the nearby hospitals. The
District Medical Officer (DMO), Mr. T.Peethambaran and the NRHM local area
manager, Mr. B.Unnikrishnan were present in the meeting along with Mr. Pramod,
project manager from IMAGE, the Central Bio Medical Treatment Facility located
in the Palakkad district of Kerala.
(Chief Project Manager, IMAGE), briefed on the status of the Central Treatment
Facility (CTF) and the kind of constraints they face. According to him, lack of
proper segregation of waste was the most common and difficult thing to manage.
Mr. T.Peethambaran, (District Medical Officer), elaborated on the existing
scenario in BMW management in the district of Thiruvananthapuram and said that
the scenario needs to be improved manifold to reach an ideal situation in waste
management. He also talked about the existing dilemma in solid waste management
in the state.
Unnikrishnan, (Local Area Manager, NRHM), spoke about the scope of integrating
waste management regime in the local planning of NRHM activities and its the
benefits. He said that various systems have to work together to efficiently
implement and sketch out a sustainable roadmap for waste management in
(General Secretary, CISSA), discussed the way forward for the hospital in terms
of efficient waste management and systematic elimination of Mercury from the
hospital. He said that the hospital would issue a circular making it necessary
to phase out Mercury from its facility and that an induction programme would be
put in place to ensure proper training in BMW Management for the existing staff
and the newly recruited onesâ.
session was followed by a question and answer session, where the experience of
Toxics Link in Delhi and various other states in the areas of BMW Management
and Mercury was discussed in length. The training was attended by over 70
medical practioners, mostly doctors and nurses.
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