Odisha launches project for bio-medical waste disposal

PTI Bhubaneswar | Updated on January 18, 2013

Concerned over the adverse environmental impact of disposal of infectious waste generated from health care units, Odisha government today launched a special project for scientific and hi-tech disposal of bio-medical wastes at an investment of about $8 million.

The project, launched in assistance with Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF), United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Global Environmental Facility (GEF), would be implemented for five years, said forest and environment minister Bijayshree Routray after launching it.

“Yes, we have the mechanism for disposal of bio-medical wastes in the state since five years. But this project will ensure that the wastes generated from health care units are disposed using a modern technology without burning.

The disposal of bio-medical waste will be of high standard at par with one done in USA and European countries,” he said.

Improper disposal of bio-medical wastes causes release of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP), pointed out Dr Subba Rao, director, MoEF, adding that reduction and ultimate elimination of POPs was an obligation for India under the Stockholm Convention.

“The project has been formulated to promote Best Available Technology and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) in the health care institutions,” said S P Dhua, regional coordinator of UNIODO.

Besides Odisha, the special project would be implemented in Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Punjab. Altogether, $40 million would be invested in the project, he said.

To begin with, according to Odisha Pollution Control Board Member Secretary Siddharth Das, 30 leading hospitals will be taken on pilot basis. Those health care units will be assisted with technology and equipments on treating the disposal in a complete scientific manner.

“The project will certainly help develop quality of bio-medical waste disposal in the state,” said Mahesh Agarwal, the managing director of Sani Clean Pvt Limited, the lone common facility provider in the state.

Published on January 18, 2013

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