PIMS lacks mechanism on SWM

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Pakistan’s premiere healthcare facility, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) lacks proper system of solid waste management and the hospital administration for disposal of its wastes is relying on the conventional methods of doing away medical wastes inside the CDA/hospital waste containers. The medical waste is thus mixed with the ordinary waste and that too lie exposed and uncovered at various places of the hospital. These startling revelations were made by a team of the, Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) that visited the hospital on Tuesday. The team comprised Farzana Altaf Shah, Deputy Director (lab/NEQS) and Imtiaz Hussain Memon Assistant Inspector EPA. On Wednesday, in its report the Pak-EPA team pointed out a number of loopholes with regard to implementation of the existing rules on solid waste management rule and pointed out the hospital administration’s drastic failure to comply with them.
According to details, under the directions of the Federal Environment Tribunal, Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) visited Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) for assessment of hospital Waste Management. The purpose of the visit was to oversee its rules implementation conditions.
The team visited operation theatre, Medical ICU, Surgical ICU, Cardiac ICU, Surgical ICU and medical wards. The team also took a round of the Children Hospital and particularly examined Emergency ward, dressing room, surgical ward, west medial ward, oncology ward.
According to the report of the EPA team, no representative of the hospital waste management team was available at the hospital under section 4 sub section (1) of the HWM Rules 2005.

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