Hospital Waste Management: Bangladesh
12 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2011
Date Written: December 23, 2011
Hospital waste is infectious and hazardous which poses serious threats to environmental health and requires specific treatment and management prior to its final disposal. Appropriate and safe management of healthcare waste is acknowledged globally. WHO and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have emphasised the need to handle and dispose of hospital waste from the healthcare establishments in proper ways. City Corporations are responsible for solid waste management in the country. However the collection of the waste is often irregular, leading to unsanitary conditions near the primary collection points. Many towns do not have the capacity to collect all the waste, and often proper sanitary disposal is problematic. In Bangladesh hospital waste management is growing with an ever-increasing number of hospitals, clinics, and diagnostic laboratories especially in Dhaka City. Thus healthcare waste management is neglected and it falls under the auspices of the local municipal bodies which are responsible for the collection, removal and disposal of different kinds of wastes from public places. This paper aims to discover and understand the current situation of healthcare waste management that includes waste handling, collection and disposal as well as the knowledge and awareness level of individuals involved in healthcare. Furthermore, the paper also explores alternative options for the management of hospital wastes that is environmentally friendly. Research on this critical issue has been very limited, and there is a serious shortage of information which is essentials for strategic for planning.
Keywords: collection, disposal, hospital waste, management, segregation, treatment
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