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Medical Waste

Medical Waste is a major public health and environment concern. Medical waste is generated in the process of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases. Pathogens and hazardous chemicals/materials released through health care activities generally reside in the wastes generated in the process. These pathogens and hazardous materials, if not properly treated and disposed, may cause serious damage to human health and environment ? turning health care institutions from centres of disease prevention and cure to sites of disease proliferation.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India, has notified The Bio-Medical Waste Management and Handling Rules, 1998 to provide for statutory and obligatory guidelines for health care waste management. However, the implementation of these Rules and the condition of medical waste management in general, remains grossly unsatisfactory.

DISHA campaigns for safe management of bio-medical waste in an eco-friendly and sustainable manner. The key to proper management of health care waste lies in their proper segregation, treatment and disposal. DISHA advocates a system for bio-medical waste management that has the following basic features:

  1. Reduction of the amount of waste
  2. Reuse of materials with proper safety
  3. Resource recovery through composting and recycling
  4. Economic and
  5. Effective