Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Articles Information
Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Vol.1, No.3, Aug. 2015, Pub. Date: Aug. 5, 2015
Current Hospital Waste Management Practices in Pakistan: Case Study and Curative Measures
Pages: 125-129 Views: 5092 Downloads: 7842
Authors
[01] Sanwal Ali, NUST Institute of Civil Engineering (NICE), National University of Science & Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan.
[02] Usman Mahmood, NUST Institute of Civil Engineering (NICE), National University of Science & Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan.
[03] Asad Ullah Malik, NUST Institute of Civil Engineering (NICE), National University of Science & Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan.
[04] Farrukh Aziz, NUST Institute of Civil Engineering (NICE), National University of Science & Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan.
[05] Roshaan Bin Naghman, NUST Institute of Civil Engineering (NICE), National University of Science & Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan.
[06] Ishtiaq Ahmed, Al-Nafees Medical College & Hospital, Farash Town, Islamabad.
Abstract
Medical waste is hazardous and infectious which poses serious threats to environment. It requires specific pre-treatment and management prior to its final disposal. In order to minimize the threat to human life and environment, it is necessary that hospitals treat and dispose waste according to the international and national standards. The main objective of this study is to visit private and public sector hospitals visit in Rawalpindi and Islamabad region in order to investigate current hospital waste management activities and to check their alignment with the national and international standards. This study reveals both public and private sector hospitals have good hygienic conditions inside their premises. However, proper waste segregation practices, training of staff regarding BMW management practices, and standard labeling, proper dumping and transportation procedures are not up to the standards. This research concludes that proper hospital waste management practices are not being followed in light of local as well as international standards. The legislation exists but there is a lot of vacuum in implementation of the standards.
Keywords
Bio Medical Waste, Hospital, Waste Segregation, Waste Disposal
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