Nagpur: Bio-medical waste in some tertiary care private hospitals has accumulated more than the prescribed limit of 48 hours for almost the last two months after the Nagpur Municipal Corporation contractor Superb Hygienic Disposal reduced the daily pickup quantity.
Affected private hospitals have said that storing large quantities of Bio-medical waste due to partial pickup is extremely dangerous for frontline workers, health workers, patients and all of them relatives.
The general manager of Superb Hygienic Disposals named Atul Panat has admitted that his vehicles were completely unable to collect all the Bio-medical waste from the 3 major hospitals. Whose dues up to 30 lakh rupees.
“All services still running seamlessly for early payers. The rates were revised as per the norms through Nagpur Municipal Corporation approval. Except these three, all are paying correctly. They are inciting any other hospitals to join in and not pay us. Because the amount of their wastage is very large. That’s why we needed a bigger vehicle. They also defaulted on the waste fee in the covid pandemic. But we never made it an issue and continued his services,” he said.
non-Covid waste charges
The Vidarbha Hospitals Association (VHA) has claimed in a press note. That as per the agreement, the hospitals are paying the garbage disposal charges regularly.
The Vidarbha Hospitals Association note states that the hospitals are paying all the non-covid waste charges (as per the pre-agreed arrangement). Along with the regularly demanded Covid waste charges. The issue pertains to an increased share of non-Covid waste which is unfair and unilaterally imposed by the service provider.
The Vidarbha Hospitals Association has also written to the Municipal Commissioner, drawing his attention to this pile of Bio-medical waste.
“The contractor has said that the hospitals ask the company to get more BMWs without any extra charges. It cited issues of payment on the part of those hospitals for this situation. Which is clearly wrong. In fact, this big issue of payment was real. In the larger public interest, the service provider may not, in line with the Biomedical Waste Management Rules, 2016, slow or stop (partial collection) at all that they are duty bound,” the note adds.