HYDERABAD: Treating the bio-waste of COVID-19 patients is a silent phenomenon to curb the spread of the deadly invisible virus from further spreading. The bio-medical wastage generated from COVID-19 hospitals should be treated very carefully. Masks, gloves, clothes, syringes, cotton, personal protective equipment kits, medicine covers, and various other things include biomedical waste.
As the number of Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly in the state, it has become a challenge to handle the huge quantities of biomedical waste. The government of Telangana is taking care in handling medical waste derived from the treatment of COVID-19 patients; right from segregation to incineration.
According to the reports, around one ton of biowaste is being produced per day from 12 government hospitals, 128 quarantine centres, seven sample collecting centres and 10 labs across the state. All the segregated biomedical waste of COVID-19 patients are sent to 11 common biomedical waste treatment centres in the state and will be disposed off.
According to media reports quoting sources from Pollution Control Board (PCB), more than 60 tonnes of biomedical waste has been collected between March 29 to May 25 and was sent to various biomedical waste treatment centres. Reports said that 30 tonnes of biowaste has been collected from Gandhi Hospital itself.
Specific guidelines are required to be followed by isolation wards, quarantine centres, sample collection centres and laboratories in treating the biomedical wastes.
The Central Pollution Control Board said that double-layered bags and mandatory labelling should be done and if neglected there are high chances of the spread of coronavirus. Common bio-medical waste treatment and disposal facility is available in Medak, Sanga Reddy, Siddipet, Nizamabad, Wanaparthy, Karimnagar, Khammam, Warangal and Yadadri districts.
The biological waste is being collected and transferred to the centres in 55 special vehicles. The waste is collected and transported without mixing with normal household waste and then it would be burnt to ashes in two phases. Later, the ash is transported to the Dundigal Hazardous Waste Management centre where it would be incinerated. More than 200 employees are working in 11 common biomedical waste treatment centres.