Govt Fixes Rates for Disposal of Biomedical Waste

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Govt Fixes Rates for Disposal of Biomedical Waste


NEW DELHI, May 1 -- In a move to nudge private clinics and laboratories to adhere to the biomedical waste rules 2016, the Delhi government has fixed rates with private agencies to regulate cost.

The Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules, 2016, made it mandatory for small clinics and laboratories to dispose of biomedical waste such as needles, syringes, cotton swabs, etc, to adhere to waste disposal norms.

Under the new provisions, clinics and hospitals will have to implement a bar-code system to track the waste up to the disposal plants and prevent pilferage and use non-chlorinated bags for disposal. Chlorinated bags, currently used to store the waste, are non-biodegradable and may release carcinogens when incinerated at low temperature.

The deadline for adhering to the new provisions of the rules has been extended to March 2019.

The high price and the monopoly of two agencies for biomedical waste disposal in Delhi has been a bone of contention with hospitals, clinics and labs.

"The focus should be on proper compliance. There have been many discussions between doctorsandwaste-disposalagencies, where the doctors said that the rates are too high because of a monopoly and the agencies have justified the rates on account of rising diesel prices. It was time for a mediator to step in," said Satish Sinha, associate director with the non-profit, Toxic Links.

To alleviate the fear of monopoly, the Delhi government has negotiated with the agencies disposing the waste and fixed rates for general practitioners at Rs 600 per month or Rs 6,000 for the year. …

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