Hospital Waste Management: Indian Perspective

Sheikh, Nishat Ahmed
July 2012
Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology;Jul-Dec2012, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p127
Academic Journal
Hospitals' committed to patient care and community healths have been cited to paradoxically defy their own objectives. On one hand they cure patients and on the other, have emerged as a source of several diseases. The Hospital waste is of special kind of waste. By the nature of its origin, hospital waste can become a health hazard and in extreme cases a source of epidemic. In order to provide for better management of hospital waste the Bio-medical (Handling and Management) Rules, 1998 was notified under the Environment Protection Act, 1986. The problem of hospital waste is more of quality as compared to quantity. It has been computed by the WHO that the average waste generated by hospitals in developed countries is in the range of 1-5 kg / bed/day, in comparison, the average for developing countries is between 1 to 2 kg / bed / day. This calls for coordination between all hospital departments that generate waste and agencies employed for the segregation, collection, transportation, treatment and disposal of waste.


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