PATNA: The Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) has issued closure orders to 318 health facilities and diagnostic units in three districts — Bhojpur, Rohtas and Buxar — for non-compliance of the rule regarding disposal of biomedical wastes through the common biomedical waste treatment and disposal facility (CBWTF).
In addition, it also directed other 239 registered health centres in Patna, Bhojpur, Buxar, Bhabhua, Rohtas and Nalanda districts to revive their affiliations with the CBWTF.
“These healthcare units earlier disposed their biomedical wastes through the CBWTF, but later got dissociated from this system, indicating that they were not disposing their biomedical wastes properly,” said Birendra Kumar, public relations officer at the BSPCB.
While issuing the closure orders against the health centres, the pollution board also asked the civil surgeons concerned to ensure compliance of the directives and make alternative arrangements for the patients under treatment in these units.
Of the 318 health centres who have been issued closure orders, the largest number of 201 nursing homes, clinics, eye and bone hospitals and diagnostic units are situated at Ara in Bhojour district. Besides, 80 in Rohtas and 37 units in Buxar have been issued closure orders.
“The BSPCB has been monitoring the issue of scientific disposal of biomedical wastes generated by healthcare facilities in both urban and rural areas of the state,” Birendra said.
He added: “Biomedical wastes coming out of hospitals, nursing homes and diagnosis centres have emerged as a big threat to environment as these include toxic chemicals, microorganisms and other harmful agents.-Times Of India