Hazardous situation: Incinerators at K-P’s major hospitals out of order


PESHAWAR:

Based on data collected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 15 to 20 tons of hospital waste is generated every day in the provincial capital alone. Almost half of the complete waste is recycled while the rest is collected by the Peshawar Development Authority (PDA).

LRH

“To be honest, we have one incinerator which is not in proper working condition and hardly disposes a quarter of the whole waste generated,” said an official at Lady Reading Hospital while requesting anonymity. “But we have a new incinerator which will soon be functional.”

The official, who didn’t know the exact amount of the waste created, stated LRH was one of the well-equipped hospitals throughout the country. It’s over 5,000 people (at least 3,000 in outpatient and 2,000 in accident and emergency departments) from throughout the state on a daily basis.

“The incinerator under procedure has some difficulties as a few of its components are yet to be obtained,” said the official. “It also needs adequate gas–another significant problem–but we are in contact with Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL).”

The LRH official added the source of gas to the hospital isn’t enough for sterilisation. He said the hospital administration is connected with SNGPL authorities and the issue will soon be resolved.

HMC

Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) Chief Executive Dr Mumtaz Marwat said the incinerator at HMC is out of order but it does burn off some waste.

Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) Chief Executive Dr Inayat Shah Roghani said the incinerator at KTH was functioning correctly and recycles over 200 kilogrammes of waste per hour.

“Along with all the solid waste generated by KTH, we also recycle waste that comes from a few private hospitals in University Town,” stated Roghani.

The EPA has already sent a written notice to the health directorate, asking it to properly dispose of medical waste as mentioned under Hospital Waste Management Rules 2005. These state the responsibility of waste management lies solely with the institute which created it.

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