Bar code system being used to manage Bio Medical Waste: Balbir Singh Sidhu
Chandigarh, (Gurpreet): To ensure the scientifical management of bio medical waste, the Bar code system is being used in all government and private Hospitals across the State.
Giving details here, the Health Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that considering the BMW as most hazardous and infectious, bar code system has been implemented thoroughly. Tracking GPS systems have also been installed in vehicles which carries the waste to the Common Bio-medical Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility (CBWTF). He said that this mechanism is proving a milestone to save the environment of Punjab and prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and Hepatitis among the populations.
The Health Minister said that dedicated State advisory committee and District Level monitoring committees are constituted in all the districts as per the guidelines. Regular meetings are being conducted to ensure the scientifically management of bio medical waste across the State. All CBWTF operators are directed to ensure regular and timely collection of bio-medical waste using bar-code software from all healthcare facilities in accordance with the provisions of the BMWM Rules, 2016 (amendments 2018 & 2019).
Mr. Sidhu further said that the Health & Family Welfare Department has upload all the details/ reports of daily BMW generation on the software, whereby all the record of waste pick up from each hospital is recorded. No waste is being dumped under-ground in the hospitals or elsewhere .
The Minister added that liquid waste pre-treatment plant/ ETP/ STP were planned and being installed in all DH and SDH by PHSC, whereas for CHCs it’s in the pipeline.
Complete disposal of waste hypo-fixer solution, developer and X-ray films generated in HCFs is also done through a proper channel as per the rules.
The smaller health facilities like Sub-centers are connected to the nearby hospitals for BMW disposal, adding that he said all hospitals even the smaller ones are now connected with the CBWTF for disposal of BMW.