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Hospital wastes a health hazard: Konyak

Minister for forest, ecology, environment, wildlife and excise, M C Konyak releasing the chart on Integrated Bio-medical Waste Management at Kohima Thursday. (NP)
Correspondent: Kohima, 10 Jul 2008
Published on 11 Jul. 2008 1:01 AM IST
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Minister for Forest, Environment and Wildlife MC Konyak has said that Hospital wastes were a potential health hazard to the health care workers, public and flora and fauna of the area.
Addressing a workshop on bio-medical waste management, organized by Nagaland Pollution Control Board (NPCB) at Hotel Japfu, Kohima, on Thursday, the minister said most people are unaware of the many adverse and harmful affects to the environment and human beings by “Hospital waste” generated during patient care.
He said a modern hospital resembled a complex and multidisciplinary system consuming hundreds of items for delivery of medical care.
These products consumed in the hospital leave some unusable leftovers -hospital waste- he said.
 “Our state is fast developing in the field of medical services and we are witnessing a rapid mushrooming of hospitals in the public and private sector, dictated by the needs of expanding population.
However, together with the development of health care centres, we should also take care that the very institutions of healing does not become the source of spreading diseases” the minister stated .
Stating that in Nagaland some of the medical wastes disposal was done by municipal councils and town committees, Konyak also said the civic bodies should be strengthened in terms of infrastructure in consonance with the rules.
He further stressed on the need for coordination between the NPCB, municipal councils and the health care centres in handling biomedical wastes for improving the environment.
Chairman, NPCB, A Rongsenwati Ao in his keynote address
said bio-medical waste can be defined as any waste consisting of wholly or partly of the human or animal tissues, blood or other body fluids, excretion, drugs or other pharmaceutical products, swabs, dressings or syringe, needles or other sharp instruments.
He said unless such wastes were rendered safe, they might prove hazardous and cause infection to any person coming in contact with them.

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