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HOSPITAL WASTE MANAGEMENT

 

Background


Waste generated from hospitals is a major problem in Pakistan. Tons of medical wastes are produced from healthcare facilities. Furthermore, the mixing of hospital waste with the municipal solid waste worsens the conundrum. Disposable syringes, fetuses, body tissues, fusion plastic bottles etc. are dispersed in the open dump of the hospital waste compartment. Some hospitals burn their results in the production of large amounts of highly toxic gases.

A Solution


In order to overcome the infectious waste problem in Pakistan (especially in the Punjab), Chaudhry Ahmed Saeed, Chairman, Board of Trustees established the Hospital Waste Management Company, Shalamar Hospital Lahore in June 2000. This is the first such venture in Punjab. The company is registered as a non-profit organization dedicated towards stopping recycling and reuse of infectious waste.
Two, Dual Chamber Incinerator donated by the Royal Embassy of Netherlands have been installed at Shalamar Hospital and United Christian Hospital (UCH) Lahore. Besides this, four custom-made sealed collection vehicles are responsible for collecting biomedical waste from the member health facilities. These are currently 222 in number and include hospitals, laboratories, clinics, dental clinics and pharmaceutical companies in Lahore, Gujranwala and Sheikhupura. We feel Pride in the fact that we have completed approximately ten years of biomedical waste disposal services.

Objectives

  • Reduction of infectious diseases.
  • Stoppage of reuse of medical disposable items.
  • Availability of infectious waste collection and disposable services at your door step.
  • Biomedical Waste Management Training
  • Environmental Awareness.
  • Developing a management system for healthcare waste for hospitals.
  • Providing technical specifications for an appropriate incinerator and its installation.

Sources of Healthcare Waste

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Laboratories and Research Centers
  • Blood Banks and Collection Services
  • Medical and Nursing Institutions
  • Drug Manufacturers
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Veterinary Hospitals and Clinics

Hazards of Hospital Waste


Improper disposal of clinical waste results in:

  • Increased risk of infection.
  • Fermentation of organic portion which increases the chances of communicable diseases.
  • Injuries from sharp objects (syringes, blades, catheters, etc.)
  • Poor waste management

Public Awareness Program


About 250 training workshops/lectures have been conducted on sanitation. Approximately 30,000 persons have been trained so far. Lectures have been delivered at NIPA, Civil Services Academy (DMG), the Health and Environmental Protection Department and some institutions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.