No hospital without proper waste management: Taposh

Staff Correspondent | Published: 21:03, Sep 24,2020 | Updated: 00:40, Sep 25,2020


Dhaka South city mayor Fazle Noor Taposh on Thursday said that no private hospital would be allowed in the corporation area without its permission and proper medical waste management system.

Quoting section 112 of the Local Government (City Corporation) Act 2009, he said that without having city corporation registration no private hospital, clinic, diagnostic centre and paramedical institute could run in the city area.

‘No hospital or clinic has ever taken the city corporation’s  permission. We will implement the law concerned this time,’ he said at a meeting on ‘hospital waste management and health risk of city people’ at the local government ministry.

He said that there were many laws and rules in the country but they were hardly implemented.

Local government minister Md Tazul Islam asked the health ministry to take necessary steps for better management of hospitals, including their wastes, within six months.

He said that dumping medical wastes together with kitchen wastes was dangerous for human health as the medical wastes might contain novel coronavirus and cancerous particles.

He said that the Dhaka North City Corporation had given permission for setting up an incineration machine at its Amin Bazar landfill and the DSCC would also install the same mechanism soon.

‘Our ultimate target is to ensure Dhaka as a safe and modern city but we cannot overcome all the challenges,’ said the minister.

Dhaka North city mayor Md Atiqul Islam, local government ministry’s senior secretary Helaluddin Ahmed and officials of health and environment ministries were present at the meeting.

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