Guwahati: A total fine of Rs 80,000 was imposed on two hospitals by the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) for the wrongful disposal of biochemical waste in general dustbins. The hospitals in question are Critical Care Hospital and Akansha Hospital.
The biochemical waste was found in GMC dustbins which are meant for general garbage disposal. “In this prevailing pandemic situation of COVID-19 outbreak, disposal of biochemical waste in general garbage collection dustbins poses a threat to not only human health and safety but also to the environment,” stated in a press release by the commissioner’s office.
The GMC team lead by joint commissioner, Pulak Mahanta inspected Critical Care Hospital, Excel Care Hospital, Ayusundra Hospital and Akansha Hospital on May 18.
The team found that Critical Care Hospital had not maintained a logbook for waste management. They had not segregated bio-medical and general waste.
“The hospital was penalized an amount of Rs 50,000/for noncompliance of bio-medical waste management rule,” the report stated.
Along with Critical Care, Akansha Hospital was fined Rs 30,000 for the same anomalies.