Abstract
BIOMEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT AT MAKESHIFT HEALTH CARE FACILITY FOR COVID -19 PATIENTS: LESSIONS LEARNT SO FAR FROM A HILL STATE IN INDIA

*Dr. Satish Kanwar, Dr. Navpreet and Dr. Anupama Dhiman

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Context: Biomedical waste management (BMW) during Covid-19 has posed many challenges to healthcare facilities. The situation becomes more difficult at makeshift health care facility where there is no regular infrastructure and staff available. Aims and objectives: To analyse the biomedical waste management at Dedicated Covid Care Centre in district Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh as per BMW Rules. Settings and Design: Dedicated Covid Care Centre in district Bilaspur (Himachal Pradesh). Materials and Methods: The secondary data about biomedical waste management at Dedicated Covid Care Centre in district Bilaspur (Himachal Pradesh) from 23.05.2020 to 06.05.2021 was obtained from the register, supplemented by observations. Statistical analysis used: Total waste generated, category wise (yellow and red) waste generated quantity of waste generated per patient per bed and month wise analysis was done. The comparison was done between the BMW management at Dedicated Covid Care Centre in district Bilaspur and the guidelines for same. Results: During the study period (23 May 2020 to 06 May 2021), total of 4225 kg BMW generated comprised mostly of yellow category (58.1%). BMW management at the makeshift health care facility adhered to guidelines as per BMW Rules. Conclusion: The management of BMW at makeshift facility is a challenging task. Despite the hurdles, BMW found to be appropriate as per guidelines.

Keywords: Biomedical waste (BMW), Dedicated covid care centre (DCCC).


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