If you need to visit GMCH 32 one of these days, be careful. Dangerous bio medical waste has been dumped in the area behind block B of the OPD building. And it’s not a smattering either, it’s a whopping 900 kg of potentially fatal infection lying there.
In a what comes across as callous disregard for public safety, around 900 kg of bio medical waste (BMW), including used syringes, blood-stained cotton gauze and bandages packed in plastic disposable bags, has been dumped in the open in the compound of the UT administration’s flagship hospital, GMCH-32.The fact that the hospital is one of the most frequented and trusted institutes of the region only add to the culpability of those who allowed this. With this, thousands of people including the staff, patients and their attendants have been rendered vulnerable to deadly infections.
The waste, which has been dumped thus due to the non-availability of an incinerator, lies in a dangerous pile behind Block B of the OPD building. Worse, the plastic bags are lying in the open. According to sources, since GMCH-32 doesn’t have an incinerator, the bio medical waste is usually sent to the GMSH, Sector 16 and PGI for destruction. However, with both GMSH-16 and PGI overloaded, they refused to take the bio medical waste.
When contacted, acting Medical Superintendent of GMCH, Dr Ram Singh, refused to comment on camera but said they would dispose of the bio medical waste as soon as possible. However, even with that assurance what is the guarantee no one will get infected before the waste is disposed of?
Sources said workers carry waste from the hospital and dump it in the open area behind Block B every day. As per hospital records, about 200 kg of waste is generated every day. This includes contaminated needles and cotton smeared with infected blood. As of now this area should logically be declared restricted area.
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