The outbreak of Novel Coronavirus has put the medical staff in new challenging situations. They are fighting with the unknown and invisible enemy that is Covid-19. In such a medical emergency, the Bio-Medical Waste (BMW) has doubled in quantity in the Nashik city. Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has so far collected 6,237 kg of biomedical waste since lockdown.
The outbreak of Covid-19 has increased use of PPE kits, masks, gloves, salines, injections and every possible medical equipment and clinical necessities. NMC is collecting 150 to 250 kg of BMW every day since lockdown. It is collecting this waste with all the necessary precautions. The water is collected in separate garbage van. The medical waste is disposed off at the BMW waste facility at Nasardi bridge.
The waste is collected in separate vans for hospitals and the containment zone. The waste is collected with taking necessary precautions and wearing PPE kits. The waste is segregated with a yellow and red bag. The yellow bag is used for anatomical waste, solid waste, used medicine containers, expired medicines, clinical wastes, laboratory waste and other medical waste. The red bag is used for contaminated waste, informed, Dr Kalpana Kute, medical official, NMC.
The corporation is taking all the necessary precautions while collecting BMW. The containment zone waste is also treated as contaminated waste and is being disposed off at the Bio-Medical Waste facility.
The Bio-Medical Waste collection has almost doubled in the outbreak of Covid-19. The Corporation is taking all the necessary precautions while collecting the waste to avoid any contamination and to stop the spread of the virus. So far, around 6,200 kg of waste is collected since the lockdown.
– Dr Kalpana Kute, medical official, NMC