Health Desk: Oct 23, 2017-- Speakers at a seminar in the capital on Sunday observed that improper treatment and disposal of healthcare waste might pose health and environmental risks.
They urged the authorities concerned to take concerted and integrated efforts for proper medical waste management.
They were speaking at the seminar on ‘Medical Waste Management for Healthy Environment and Healthy Generation’ at a city hotel.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) in association with PRISM Bangladesh Foundation arranged the seminar.
Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon, Local Government Division secretary Abdul Malek, DNCC panel mayor Osman Gani and DNCC chief executive officer Mesbahul Islam spoke on the occasion.
While speaking as the chief guest, the LGRD and cooperatives minister said that the country’s city corporations lag behind in management of medical waste.
“The city corporations must give special emphasis on dealing with medical waste over household waste,” he stated.
There are around 1,700 hospitals and clinics across the country and all of them produce medical waste. Not only that, 700 pharmaceutical, herbal and unani companies are also producing medicine, generating medical waste.