Health Desk---15 May, 2016: A huge amount of medical waste produced by public hospitals in the capital is causing serious health concerns for patients and general people due to lack of proper management of these harmful and often infectious wastes.
Health experts said the wastes generated at hospitals could spread infectious and other diseases if left untreated and many patients become more vulnerable to health risks at public hospitals because for poor management of hospital wastes.
During visits to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital and Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital, this correspondent found that disposal of medical wastes is being poorly managed at those public hospitals.
Clinical waste and blood-soaked materials were seen on the surface drainage system, toilets and open spaces of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital. Bad odors from those wastes were creating an unhygienic atmosphere for the patients and their relatives at the hospital.
During a visit to Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital, this reporter observed the same situation.
When contacted, Brigadier Gen Zakir Hossain, director of Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital, told that they had taken up a project in collaboration of Prism Bangladesh, a local NGO, to disinfect and keep the hospital pollution-free through efficient and proper management of hospital wastes.
“The hygienic scenario of the hospital has improved since launching the project. Wastes have been separated into five categories— general waste, infective waste, sharp waste, recyclable waste and liquid waste. All types of waste are being thrown into separate colored bins at every ward and floor. The waste is later transported to designated area for disinfection, disposal and for safe dumping,” he added.
Noted public health expert Dr Muhammad Abdus Sabur told that according to a baseline survey jointly conducted by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) in 2004, 50-60 tonnes of hospital waste is being produced within the DCC area. Of the medical waste, 20-25 tonnes are infectious and cause environmental pollution.
Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon told that they have allocated one acre of land at Matuail to build a medical waste treatment plant to ensure proper management of medical waste from different hospitals.