The IMA members have asked the minister to lower the rates charged by biomedical waste plans or to run biomedical waste plans through the government. As patients are inadvertently affected due to this, as they have to pay these charges.
My Medical Mantra Dr Anil Pachnekar, Vice President, Indian Medical Association, said, “At the moment, in order to dispose of biomedical waste, we have to approach a biomedical waste plant which is usually run by private companies. The facilities there are not regular, and the rates charged are also high. The government should pay attention to this by controlling the rates or having government-run biomedical waste plants. If the charges are high, it indirectly affects the patient through the hospital bill.”
He added, “The Indian Medical Association met up with Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar and gave him complete presentation about adverse effects of Biomedical Waste Rules & Amendments. He agreed with all points IMA raised during the meeting. IMA delegation also had a detailed meeting with Member Secretary of Central Pollution Control Board of India on Thursday.
He further said, “There will be a joint meeting of IMA with CPCB soon to formulate the solutions to all issues regarding BMW & Liquid Waste Management.”
The Indian Medical Association delegation under the leadership of National President Dr Santanu Sen, Secretary-General Dr R. V. Asokan, IMA HBI Chairman Dr V. K. Monga. HBI National Secretary Dr Jayesh Lele with IMA National Working Group comprising of Dr Jayakrishna, Dr Anil Mahajan, Dr Sharafudheen, Dr Rajender Sharma, Dr Mangesh Pate, Dr Prashant Chaudhari met Minister for Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar in Parliament on Thursday, November 28.
Dr Shivkumar Utture, an IMA member stated, “According to a recent rule, each hospital must have a biomedical waste plant. But it is not possible for all hospitals to adhere to this. As it is a question of both cost and place. This can affect smaller clinics. The government should think thoroughly and take this decision.”