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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 202-210

Bio-medical waste disposal in India: From paper to practice, what has been effected


1 Department of Clinical Research, ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Member of Institutional Bio Waste Management Committee, ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Epidemiology, SRM School of Public Health, SRM University, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Medicine, Madurai Medical College, Master Trainee in Bio Medical Waste Management, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
4 Department of Clinical Research, Chairperson of Institutional Bio Waste Management Committee, ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. S Ramesh Kumar
ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Madurai Unit, Ward 62, Government Rajaji Hospital, Madurai - 625 020, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/kleuhsj.kleuhsj_112_19

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Bio-medical waste (BMW) disposal is a very important but challenging task. Health-care waste contains potentially harmful microorganisms, which can infect hospital patients, health workers, and the general public. Exposure to hazardous health-care waste can result in disease or injury. The Government of India has been laying down rules, namely, Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, in 1998, The draft of Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling Rules 2011,), and recently Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules, 2016. Evidence from different parts of India show that the knowledge on BMW disposal among health-care personnel is low, and the practice of the same is not satisfactory. Strict implementation of the rules laid down is necessary and is the need of the hour.


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