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Friday, 25 April 2008

Medical waste management

A total of 255 out of 1,000 healthcare establishments in Dhaka City have so far been brought under hazardous medical waste management programme and rest 705 hospitals will come under it by 2012 to drastically cutback public health risks, reports agency.

Marie Stopes, a reproductive healthcare provider and the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) in cooperation with Projects in Agriculture, Rural Industry, Science and Medicine (PRISM) took the initiative under a programme styled ‘Hospital Waste Management Project (HWMP).

The medical wastes being managed at three units are chemical disinfection and shredding, autoclaving and incinerator unit at Matuail waste dumping area in Dhaka.

The HWMP segregate the medical waste into two types such as hazardous and less hazardous. After collecting medical waste like general, infectious, sharp, recyclable, liquid, radioactive and of, they gather the medical waste in a pile for in-house management, safe collection and transportation and final management respectively. Sources of medical waste are: dressing materials, bandages, sticking plaster, gloves, disposable medical items, used hypodermic needles, body fluids, contaminated packaging and small quantities of pharmaceuticals.

The HWMP collect a total of 2000 kg infectious, 25 sharp and 60 kg recyclable medical waste accumulating per day. General secretary of Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) Qazi Farook, PRISM executive director Khan Anisur Rahman, manager (advocacy) Avik Sanwar Rahman were present at the project site.

According to a statistics, about 11 tonnes of medical waste are being produced in the capital, out of which, 20 percent are being managed effectively by the HWMP. The HWMP sources said, “The government has been imparting trainings to 3000 staffs of the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on hospital waste management.

After successful completion of the trainings by next month, we will be able to ensure effective hospital waste management”. Qazi Farook said, each hospital needs to take steps for enforcing medical waste management as the hazardous hospital wastes can adversely harm human body if those are not managed properly.

Mismanagement of medical waste not only lead spread of various diseases like ‘Hepatitis -B virus’ and HIV/AIDS among waste handlers but also poses grave threat to the environment, said he.

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