Birgunj sets up medical waste management center

The metropolitan city of Birgunj has built a medical waste management center to mitigate potential health risks caused by careless disposal of medical waste.

The metropolis has spent 62.2 million rupees to set up the green hospital waste management center, which will go into operation in the coming weeks, according to Nischal Raj Pandey, administrative director of the metropolitan city.

Birgunj, a medical hub in the central districts of Tarai, had no provision for the disposal of medical waste and would dump medical waste in landfills, risking the lives of sanitation workers and the local population.

“Birgunj has seen a surge in private health facilities, so it was becoming increasingly necessary to build a medical waste management center,” said Bijaya Kumar Sarabagi, mayor of Birgunj metropolis, which opened on Monday the center built in Nagawa at Birgunj-16. .

“Although hospitals, while acquiring licenses, promise to safely dispose of the waste they generated, we have found that a majority of hospitals do not practice segregation and safe disposal of medical waste. “said Sarabagi. “It was becoming a major health risk for health workers and even for the local population. ”

The Green Hospital Waste Management Center turns hazardous medical waste into non-toxic waste and disposes of it, according to Metropolitan City engineer Prakash Adhikari.

“About 4.7 tonnes of medical waste is generated daily in Birgunj, of which 2.7 tonnes is toxic waste,” he said. “The center manages toxic medical waste using autoclave technology. “

“The medical waste management center was established to safely break down waste or recycle it,” Adhikari said, adding that 23 staff and some sanitation workers will be deployed to the center once it is operational.

According to Mayor Sarabagi, the solid waste management center was created with the sole investment of the metropolitan city. The metropolis also bought two mini-trucks to collect medical waste.

“The landfill contractor will be given the responsibility of running the medical waste management center for a period of time. The site will then be operated under the public-private partnership modality, ”he said.

The metropolitan city urges all hospitals and polyclinics to separate their toxic and non-toxic medical waste.

“Sanitation workers are going to collect medical waste from hospitals. Health facilities must proactively help us in sorting waste, ”said Sarabagi.

There are two large hospitals – Narayani Hospital and the National Medical College – and a dozen private hospitals and polyclinics in Birgunj.

Dr Birendra Pradhan, Acting Medical Superintendent of Narayani Hospital, admits the hospital’s shortcomings in handling its medical waste.

“Waste management is a huge problem. But now, with the initiative of the metropolis, we hope to put an end to this problem, ”he said.

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