Experts urge healthcare givers to dispose medical waste properly

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RANGPUR, July 23, 2018 (BSS) – Health experts at a seminar have urged
the healthcare givers and institutions concerned to engage in proper
management and disposal of medical waste to prevent the spread of
communicable diseases.

They came up with the call at the seminar on ‘Medical Waste Management’
jointly organised by Rangpur City Corporation (RpCC) and PRISM Bangladesh
Foundation on Sunday at Begum Rokeya auditorium in the city.

Mayor of Rangpur Mostafizar Rahman Mostafa attended the seminar as the
chief guest with Chief Executive Officer of RpCC Abu Saleh Md Musa Jongi in
the chair.

Divisional Director (Health) Dr Md Mostafizur Rahman, Civil Surgeon Dr
Abu Md Zakirul Islam, President of Rangpur unit of Bangladesh Medical
Association Dr Delwar Hossain, Deputy Director of the Department of
Environment Mesbabul Alam and Superintending Engineer of RpCC Amdad Hossain
addressed as special guests.

Executive Director of PRISM Bangladesh Foundation Khondker Anisur Rahman
delivered welcome speech in the seminar.

Adviser of PRISM Bangladesh Foundation Dr Masum A Patwary delivered
presentation on ‘Collection and final management of harmful medical waste of
healthcare organisations situated in RpCC area’ as the main resource person.

The experts said about 20 percent of healthcare waste could be dangerous
to cause infection and parasitic diseases which are preventable and treatable
and remaining as the primary causes of death worldwide.

Dr Zakirul said improper disposal of healthcare waste could lead to
public nuisance such as offensive odour and unsightliness ultimately leading
to spread of communicable diseases like cholera, hepatitis A, B, C, dysentery
and other diseases.”

Dr Mostafizur stressed on ensuring proper disposal methods such as waste
minimisation, segregation, handling and storage, transportation, treatment
and destruction and final disposal to avoid environmental pollution and
health hazards.

“Segregation is the first and best way to reduce healthcare waste
quantity, cost and environmental impact on air pollution and landfill
capacity,” he said.

The chief guest said proper healthcare waste disposal would minimise the
spread of infections and reduce the risk of accidental injury to staff,
patients, visitors and the general public.

“Steps would be taken to ensure proper healthcare waste disposal in
Rangpur city to reduce the possibility of contamination of land and water
with chemicals, micro organisms and infestation of insects and rodents in our
environment,” he said.

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