Tamil Nadu: Govt offers integrated waste mgt plan

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Chennai, Mar 15: The Tamil Nadu Government has proposed to launch an integrated healthcare waste management plan in all the 29 district headquarters hospitals and 241 sub-district hospitals, 41 tertiary care hospitals, 130-bedded primary health care centres and eight ESI hospitals at a cost of Rs 11 crore.

An official release here today said a unified protocol had been worked out in consideration with Tamil Nadu State Aids Control Society, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme and Toxics Link, an NGO. It was also planned to supply consumables such as colour bags, aprons and gloves and also equipment such as colour bins, trollies and needle destroyers to all the hospitals at a cost of Rs 6.6 crore, through Tamil Nadu Medical Service Corporation.

For the final disposal of the segregated biomedical waste from the project-hospitals, a common bio-medical waste treatment facility had been hired for each individual district on per kilogram basis.

A massive IEC Programme had been planned for all hospitals at a cost of Rs 15 lakh at Rs 50,000 per district through Tamil Nadu Medical Service Corporation.

At the end of June 2008, about 50 per cent of the project hospitals would implement the scientific method of integrated health care waste management obliging the Bio-medical Waste (Handling and Management) Rules, 1990 (third amendment, 2003) and the rest of the hospitals would implement it by July 2008, the release added.

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