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Wednesday, 01 February 2012
 Most of the hospitals are not managing their wastes well. This poses a serious health hazard as it is found that five to 30 per cent of the infection among patients can be attributed to hospital wastes, which is found to be mixed with municipal waste. Although there are laws for punishing hospitals not managing their wastes properly, it seems that they are not being heeded.

According to the law, the hospitals are responsible for management of their hazardous wastes as are other industries. Apart from being a threat to humans, hospital wastes also contaminate ground water and pollute the rivers.
It is indeed an irony that hospitals which are supposed to be places for treating the sick are at fault for causing infection of various diseases. The hospital authorities who do not manage their hazardous wastes properly must be aware of the harm they are doing. Yet, they are doing little by way of proper management of the wastes. The wastes can be seen dumped on the streets and the culprits manage to get away with their misdeed unscathed.

Source: The Himalayan Times, February 1, 2012
 
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