Waste wars: Hospitals need to manage biomedical trash

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Biomedical waste management has to be supported by appropriate education, training, commitment of healthcare staff at the grassroots level | Image - Eunice Dhivya

In the wee hours of January 28, two trucks carrying biomedical waste from Kozhikode in Kerala crossed borders into Karnataka dump them in empty plots in Nanjangud area of Mysuru. The two drivers of the trucks had driven 200 km from Kozhikode to Nanjangud 10–12 times in the past and had evaded police net every time. This time, luck ran out. Police, acting on a tip-off from residents, followed the truck soon after they crossed the borders and caught the duo red-handed while trying to dump the waste in Adakanahalli industrial area.

Investigations revealed that the medical waste was mixed with biodegradable waste in Kozhikode and being transported to neighbouring states.

While the truckers, the last-mile support staff in this operation, were remanded, the investigation has not yet revealed the true culprit—the contractors and the hospitals—involved in the crime.

Though Karnataka raised the issue with Kerala, it was not followed up seriously by the two governments.

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