Unsafe burning of hospital waste in Larkana

December 17, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: Chandka Medical College Hospital, Larkana, authorities have been burning hospital waste in an open pit then filling it with mud to avoid spread of infectious diseases.

In response to a letter sent by Health Department to all the District Health Officers, Medical Superintendents, Executive Directors and Police Surgeons working in Sindh province, dated: 20th November, 2013, the CMCH authorities informed the government that no separate budget for disposal of hospital waste is available and the disposing off all hospital waste is carried out from existing budget allocations.

The letter further added that an incinerator is also installed in this hospital but is temporarily un-operational due to low gas pressure. Therefore, the hospital waste is collected at a specified point and transported outside the city is dumped in a ditch and after burning the ditch is filled with mud to avoid spread of infectious diseases. The authorities have not mentioned as to how the huge waste is transported out of Larkana city for burning when they don’t have the budget allocation, said the sources.

The costly incinerator bought at a cost of over Rs7 million is lying idle. It was installed in 2001-02. CMCH has more than 30 operation theatres which include operation theatres of Shaikh Zayed Hospital for Women, Paeds Surgery, Urology, Orthopaedics, ENT, Eye, Neurosurgery and General Surgery. Most of the operation theatres work round the clock to deal with the emergency cases.

Hepatitis and HIV/AIDS are constantly rising in Larkana without any preventive measures by the concerned health authorities. The unsafe disposal of hospital garbage in this regard is a matter of serious concern.