Bar code system being used to manage Bio Medical Waste: Balbir Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh, July 27, 2020: To ensure the scientific management of Bio Medical Waste (BMW), a Bar code system is being used in all government and private Hospitals across the State.
Giving details, the Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said that considering BMW as most hazardous and infectious, a bar code system has been implemented thoroughly.
Tracking GPS systems have also been installed in vehicles which carry the waste to the Common Bio-medical Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility (CBWTF).
He said that this mechanism is proving to be a milestone in saving the environment of Punjab and preventing the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and Hepatitis among the population.
The Health Minister said that a dedicated State Advisory Committee and District Level monitoring committees have been constituted in all the districts as per the guidelines.
Regular meetings are being conducted to ensure the scientifical 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 .
Sidhu said that the Health & Family Welfare Department has uploaded all the details/ reports of daily BMW generation on the software, whereby all the records of waste pick up from each hospital is recorded.
No waste is being dumped underground 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 is 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.
Smaller health facilities like sub-centers are connected to the nearby hospitals for BMW disposal, adding that all hospitals, even the smaller ones, are now connected with the CBWTF for disposal of BMW.

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