Medical waste poses health risk in Rajshahi
Published : Saturday, 7 December, 2019 at 7:52 PM Count : 173
Dumping of medical waste in open places in Rajshahi city due to lack of proper waste management system is posing a serious risk to public health.
There are over 200 private clinics and a government hospital are being run in the city without proper waste management system. The lone incinerator at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH), run by the city corporation, became obsolete as it is lying idle for long.
According to source, there are near 200 private clinics and diagnostic centeres in Laxmipur area in the city. This area is known as clinic para, but the authorities concerned have no management system to destroy the medical waste.
Instead of taking any proper management, hospital and clinic authorities are dumping the wastes two open places near Rajshahi Central Jail area. Birds and cows are seen searching foods in the wastes, posing a serious health risk.
Mukhlesur Rahman, general secretary of Bangladesh Clinic and Diagnostic Centre Association, said they also want to destroy the medical waste in a designated place and a proper way.
“We've requested Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) to allocate a place in the city to set up a three-storied modern incinerator but did not get it yet,” he said.
However, chief cleaning official of the RCC Sheikh Mamun said the organisation did not apply for any designated place for waste disposal.
"There is no separate system for the waste management in the city. But, the RCC burned the medical waste," he added.
He also said the RMCH incinerator is closed temporarily, but will be functional January next year.