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Collector AS Dinesh Kumar has directed the officials concerned to take steps for efficient biomedical waste management and ensure that rules are not violated in this regard by the hospitals and health centre managements.

A district level meeting was held here on Saturday chaired by the district Collector and he reviewed the management of biomedical waste. Speaking on the occasion, the Collector reviewed the implementation of bio-medical waste management in the district, responsibilities of urban local bodies and supervision of the pollution control board.

Pollution Control Board EE Raghava Reddy explained to the Collector that there are a total of 481 government and private health centers and hospitals in the district and 6,794 beds are available. He also apprised the Collector that 392 hospitals are accredited under Bio-Medical Waste (BMW) Management norms and recognition of 89 hospitals has expired. Responding to this, Collector Diniesh Kumar said that all the hospitals were BMW and asked the official to ensure that hospital managements renew their permits. The Collector ordered to impose a fine on the hospitals which were negligent in taking efficient steps in the disposal of biomedical waste.

Collector Diniesh Kumar instructed the officials to be vigilant in monitoring the management of bio-medical waste. The Collector directed the concerned agency to conduct awareness programs for the staff of the respective hospitals once in every three months as per the rules regarding their separation.

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