India generated over 18,000 tonnes COVID-19 waste since June : The Tribune India

2020/10 12 14:10

New Delhi, October 12

India generated 18,006 tonnes of COVID-19 biomedical waste within the final 4 months, with Maharashtra contributing the utmost (three,587 tonnes) to it, based on Central Air pollution Management Board (CPCB) knowledge.

Round 5,500 tonnes of COVID-19 waste was generated throughout the nation in September – the utmost for a month thus far.

In accordance with the information acquired from state air pollution management boards, all states and Union Territories have since June generated 18,006 tonnes of COVID-related biomedical waste which is being collected, handled and disposed of by 198 frequent biomedical waste remedy services (CBWTFs).

COVID-19 biomedical waste may embrace PPE kits, masks, shoe covers, gloves, human tissues, objects contaminated with blood, physique fluids like dressings, plaster casts, cotton swabs, beddings contaminated with blood or physique fluid, blood baggage, needles, syringes, and so forth.

In accordance with the information, Maharashtra, which has reported over 15 lakh coronavirus circumstances thus far, generated three,587 tonnes of COVID-19 waste in 4 months – 524 tonnes in June, 1,180 tonnes in July, 1,359 tonnes in August and 524 tonnes in September.

Tamil Nadu generated 1,737 tonnes of Covid-19 waste, Gujarat (1,638 tonnes), Kerala (1,516 tonnes), Uttar Pradesh (1,432 tonnes), Delhi (1,400 tonnes), Karnataka (1,380 tonnes) and West Bengal (1,000 tonnes).

The nationwide capital generated 333 tonnes of such waste in June, 389 tonnes in July, 296 tonnes in August and 382 tonnes in September, based on the CPCB knowledge.

Round 5,490 tonnes of COVID-19 waste was generated in September, with Gujarat contributing the utmost 622 tonnes, adopted by Tamil Nadu (543 tonnes), Maharashtra (524 tonnes), Uttar Pradesh (507 tonnes), Kerala (494 tonnes), and others.

Round 5,240 tonnes of COVID-19 waste was generated in August, of which 1,359 tonnes was in Maharashtra, and 588 tonnes every in Kerala and Karnataka, adopted by others.

In July, the nation generated four,253 tonnes of COVID-19 waste, with Maharashtra (1,180), Karnataka (540) and Tamil Nadu (401) being the highest three contributors.

India generated three,025 tonnes of COVID-19 waste in June, with Maharashtra alone accounting for 524 tonnes, adopted by Gujarat (350 tonnes), Delhi (333 tonnes) and Tamil Nadu (312 tonnes).

The CPCB had in March issued particular pointers for dealing with, remedy and disposal of such waste at healthcare services, quarantine centres, properties, pattern assortment facilities, laboratories, air pollution management boards, city native our bodies and customary biomedical waste remedy services (CBWTFs).

The apex air pollution physique had in Could developed the “COVID19BWM” cellular software to watch coronavirus-related biomedical waste and to compile the information by means of digital manifest system.

This software tracks COVID-19 waste on the time of era, assortment and disposal.

The Supreme Court docket has made it obligatory for all city native our bodies and state air pollution management boards to make use of the cellular software for monitoring biomedical waste day by day in a bid to make sure that the waste is collected, transported and despatched to the registered CBWTFs.

The instructions got here on July 30 on suggestions made in a report by the Setting Air pollution (Prevention and Management) Authority.

On Monday, India’s COVID-19 caseload stood at 71.2 lakhs whereas the demise toll was 1.09 lakh. PTI

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