GUWAHATI, May 18 - The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) on Monday inspected four hospitals of the city and realised fine of Rs 80,000 from two of those for flouting biomedical waste management rules.
The GMC today constituted a team to check safe disposal of biomedical wastes by all the hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and laboratories of the city after incidents of purportedly used personal protective equipment (PPE) being found in city dustbins were reported. But significantly, the team does not include any personnel from the Pollution Control Board, Assam (PCBA).
The team is headed by Joint Commissioner GMC Pulak Mahanta. �The team today inspected Critical Care Hospital, Excel Care Hospital, Ayursundra Hospital and Akansha Hospital. The team found that Critical Care Hospital did not comply with the biomedical waste management rules and fined the hospital for an amount of Rs 50,000. Licence renewal of the hospital is pending, no log book of waste management is maintained and biomedical waste and general waste are not segregated,� an official of GMC said.
�Akansha Hospital was fined Rs 30,000 for not maintaining a log book of waste management and for not segregating biomedical waste and general waste,� the official added.
In view of the prevailing pandemic situation due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the GMC issued an official order stating that safe disposal of biomedical wastes by all the hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, laboratories, etc., is mandatory.
�It has been reported that biomedical wastes are being detected in GMC dustbins meant for garbage disposal which poses a grave threat to not only human health and safety, but also the environment. In order to scrutinize the matter, the team will inspect the hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, laboratories, etc., under Guwahati Municipal Corporation jurisdiction and examine the procedure being adopted by the respective establishments for disposal of biomedical wastes,� the GMC order said.