Diseases threat looms as NICVD has no incinerator.


KARACHI -- National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) is operating without inclinator while hospital administration was disposing off the medical waste unsafely and most of this waste is thrown away with municipal garbage, sources at NICVD told on Tuesday. The practice is leading to the spread of deadly transmittable diseases including AIDS, hepatitis B and C among many people, especially Afghan scavengers. The hospital waste is also hazardous to garbage lifting staff of municipalities who shift the waste to the landfill sites. The hospital waste includes human waste, garbage from surgeries; needles, syringes, saws, blades, broken glass, nails, pathological flith, human flesh, blood and body fluids. At the NICVD, dozens of cardiac surgeries are performed daily that generates a massive amount of medical waste. According to medical experts, proper incineration of hospital waste is mandatory and every hospital, clinic or maternity home, should be equipped with incinerators for disposal. But unfortunately, most of the hospitals in Karachi are not equipped with incineration plants. A big quantity of health hazardous materials like...

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