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Biomedical waste - Pollution board raps 7 hospitals

 Pollution watchdog sends summons on biomedical waste disposal, threatens action

      On Dussera, seven of Mumbai's busiest and best-known hospitals got an unexpected warning from the state's pollution watchdog through show-cause notices citing alleged ''non-compliance'' of biomedical waste management rules.

      After a recent spurt of show-cause notices to industries-the latest is steel major Ispat-the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has threatened action against top hospitals like Lilavati, P D Hinduja, and Sir J J (see box) for not providing effluent treatment plants (ETP) to treat liquid waste, like blood and urine samples from patients with infectious diseases.

      The Bombay High Court is hearing a writ petition on biomedical waste management. ''The court recently asked us to report on actions taken and inspections,'' said Boralkar. ''These notices are part of that exercise.''

      Hospitals send biomedical waste-that's waste generated during diagnosis, treatment or immunisation of humans or animals-to a common waste management facility at Taloja on Mumbai's outskirts.

      The summons 
      -Balabhai Nanavati Hospital, Vile Parle: No shredder, effluent treatment plant (ETP)
      -Lilavati Hospital, Bandra: No autoclave, shredder, ETP
      -Gokuldas Tejpal Hospital, Fort: No shredder, ETP
      -P D Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Mahim: No shredder, ETP
      -Cama and Albless Hospital, CST: No shredder, ETP
      -Sir J J Group of Hospitals, Byculla (above): Segregation needs improvement, no shredder and ETP, leaks in pipeline carrying effluent
      -St George Hospital, CST: No ETP, segregation not proper 05-10-13# 
Publication : The Indian Express; Date : Oct 13, 2005; Section : Mumbai Newsline; Page : 1


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