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‘Biomedical waste treatment site to be constructed at Lamdeng’

 February 27, 2020

Source: Imphal Free Press


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Manipur Health Minister L Jayantakumar informed the House that a new site for disposal of biomedical waste under National Green Tribunal has been located at Lamdeng and construction of infrastructure will begin soon.

He gave the information while responding against the policy cut motion moved by opposition MLAs K Ranjit and Kh Joykishan during the ‘discussion and voting on demands for grants’. The opposition MLA moved the policy cut motion on account of alleged failure to follow WHO norms in disposal of biomedical wastes and mismanagement of biomedical wastes.

The debate was conducted on the 9th day of the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly session.

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The health minister said that as per record from medical health directorate RIMS, JNIMS and 85 primary health centres across the state produced a total of about 125 metric tons of biomedical wastes. For the time being, the wastes are disposed at common biomedical waste treatment plant presently located inside Shija Institute and Research Centre.

As per the instruction from the health ministry, the state government located a site of about 1 acres land at Lamdeng, he added.

He said the funds for disposal of biomedical waste are sanctioned under Rogi Kalyan Samiti. An unofficial report from state health department stated that the department has sent a proposal to National Health Mission (NHM) which agreed to sanction a sum of Rs 5 crores for bio medical waste management, he added.

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The minister further said that Parbung primary health centre was one of the competitors for ‘Kayakalp award’ but due to lack of some parameters, the health center was unable to get the award. If the said health centre puts more efforts it may get the award, he added.

Mentioned may be made that  ‘Kayakalp award scheme’ was launched by Union Health and Family Welfare minister J P Nadda on May 15, 2015  as an extension of ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’. The scheme aims to promote cleanliness and hygiene at health centres.

Jayantakumar further said that the management of biomedical wastes in the state began last year. With the completion of biomedical waste treatment site at Lamdeng apart from the solid waste management plant, the state may become free from issues concerning disposal of biomedical wastes, he added.