Punjab pollution board pulls up 54 hospitals
Teams of the nodal agency conducted raids throughout the state and found that a large number of hospitals have been violating pollution control norms.
KS Pannu, chairman of the Board told FE that “Notices have been issued to 54 hospitals that were found violating the various norms of Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998 during surprise checks”.
He also said that “there were apprehensions that some health care facilities were not complying with the guidelines of Bio-Medical Waste (BMW) Rules and 22 teams were sent to conduct raids throughout the state.
The teams, headed by senior environmental engineers and environmental engineers, raided a total 108 hospitals. All these hospitals were scrutinised minutely and the 54 government and private hospitals were found violating the various provisions of the BMW Rules”.
Significantly, at least eight state government hospitals were also found to be violating pollution control board norms and were issued the notices. The government hospitals that failed to meet bio-medical waste norms include Mata Kaushalya Government Hospital, Patiala; and civil hospitals in Faridkot, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Sangrur, Malerkotla, Hoshiarpur and Bathinda.
Among private hospitals, prominent ones that have been issued notices include Tagore Hospital, Jalandhar; Amardeep Hospital, Amritsar; Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, Ludhiana; Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Bathinda; and eight government hospitals.
Talking to FE, Rohit Sabharwal, president, anti-corruption and crime investigation cell,
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