Recipe for disaster: Used PPE kits, biomedical waste dumped in open, pose Covid


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Patients’ attendants claim hospital staff dump heap of waste in the open as stray animals scatter them around. (Representative image)&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspiStock Images

Key Highlights

  • This is not the first time that biomedical waste is being dumped outside post-mortem house
  • People say the shocking negligence may cause rise in Covid cases in the city.

Agra: There seems to be no end to medical negligence at government hospitals amid the raging Covid-19 pandemic. In another shocking incident, used personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, biomedical waste was found dumped in open outside hospitals and other public places in Agra district of Uttar Pradesh. 

This is not the first time such an incident took place in Agra. Last year in July, PPE kits and hazardous medical waste were found dumped near post-mortem house at the SN Medical College in the city. 

People say the shocking negligence may cause rise in Covid cases in the city. Around 25,000 people have been found infected with Covid while 354 have died in Agra, according to a report in Times of India.

Now, once again a large heap of medical waste including PPE kits, syringes, saline bottles and bandages has been found dumped outside SN Medical Colege’s postmortem house on Friday. 

The apathy has exposed a lot of patients and their caretakers, who visit the hospital for treatment of different ailments, to the Covid infection. 

Though the hospital claims the medical waste is being collected on a daily basis by private company staff, the heap of waste suggests mismanagement in dealing with the waste. 

Patients’ attendants claim hospital staff dump heap of waste in the open as stray animals scatter them around. The ragpickers also come to collect plastic waste.

“The post-mortem house does not fall in my jurisdiction. This is managed by the health department. But I will look into this issue of medical waste dumped in open. We have a contract with a private company for the disposal of hazardous medical waste. All the waste generated in the hospital is collected in separate containers and is sprayed with disinfectant and transported to the disposal facility. All the waste is taken out of the vehicle and again disinfected. Finally, the waste is burned in an electric furnace” the report quoted Dr Sanjay Kala, Principal, SN Medical College.

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