The impact of the corona epidemic is decreasing continuously, but the medical waste generated by it has become a big problem for the whole world.
A recent report by the World Health Organization states that most of the personal protective cover and infection screening and vaccination materials, weighing about 87 thousand tonnes, distributed by the United Nations between March 2020 and November 2021 were turned into waste. Is. More than eight billion doses of vaccines have been administered worldwide, generating approximately 143 tonnes of waste from syringes, needles and boxes.
Due to the chaos during the pandemic, proper disposal of waste has not been done. The organization’s report also highlighted that even before the pandemic, 30 percent of health centers around the world did not have proper waste management. In less developed countries this figure can be as high as 60 percent. In places where medical waste is dumped or burnt, the population living there is prone to various health problems. The organization’s report has assessed only those supplies that were given by the United Nations as emergency relief. Many countries have also assisted each other to combat the epidemic. If that waste is also added, then the situation becomes very serious.
So far, about 385 million people have been infected with the corona virus worldwide and about 57 lakh people have died. An unprecedented quantity of masks, clothes, vaccines, test equipment, sanitizers, etc. have been produced for the prevention of infection in every corner of the world because such an epidemic has come before us after a long time. India has also produced a large amount of waste. According to estimates, in the first wave of the epidemic, about 101 tonnes of medical waste related to corona was generated in our country every day.
During that period, the amount of medical waste in India has already increased by 17 percent. It was not easy for the hospital staff to store the waste properly and move it to a safe place as they also had to handle the large number of infected. Not only this, hundreds of health and sanitation workers were also hit by the epidemic in the first and second phases. In the first wave, 11 per cent of the country’s daily medical waste was generated in Delhi alone, which has only two waste treatment plants. There is no fixed place for dumping such waste in any city or town.
There is a need to invest in new technologies and resources for the safe disposal and recycling of medical waste around the world including India, with active attention at the level of hospitals and administration, attention should also be given to making citizens aware. Medical around the world including India There is a need to invest in new technologies and resources for safe disposal and recycling of waste.
- There is a need to invest in new technologies and resources for safe disposal and recycling of medical waste around the world including India.
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