LAHORE: Punjab Health Department has prepared a comprehensive policy for Hospital Waste Management and committees for this purpose have been notified at divisional, district and hospital level.
 
The pilot project of Hospital Waste Management has successfully completed in Tehsil Headquarter Hospital Burewala District Layyah and THQ Hospital Wazirabad, District Gujranwala and the plan is being scaled up upto 15 districts in 2nd phase.
 
It was stated by Advisor to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Raffique while addressing a seminar on Environmental Health and Medical Waste Management, jointly organized by the Health Department, Policy and Strategic Planning Unit (PSPU) and World Bank at a local hotel here today.
 
Besides, Secretary Health Jawwad Raffique Malik, Director General Health Dr. Zahid Pervaiz, representative of World Bank Dr. Javed, In-Charge Chief Minister Health Roadmap Programme Aizaz Akhtar, Director PSPU Ali Bahadur Qazi, DG Environment Javed Iqbal, EDOs and Medical Superintendents of the hospitals of selected districts attended the seminar.
 
Representative of World Bank Dr. Javed said that environmental pollution and polluted water is the basic cause of diseases and an ailing bread-earning person cannot run the family’s expenditures which is an economic loss. 
 
Secretary Health Jawwad Raffique Malik stressed the need of training and capacity building of the staff.
 
He directed that Information Technology should be adopted in Data Collection of hospital waste and manual entries in the registers should be converted into computerized database.
 
He directed that software with the help of PITB also be prepared for digitalization of hospital waste management’s data. He observed that strict monitoring is essential to check the pilferage and theft of hospital waste. Secretary Health further said proper training should be imparted to the staff for segregation of hospital waste so that it could be properly identified as municipal waste, infectious waste and hazardous hospital waste. 
 
He said that monitoring of Hospital Waste Management is also a component of Chief Minister Health Roadmap Programme and Special Monitoring Unit (SMU) has started monitoring through MEAs. Khawaja Salman Raffique said that Punjab
 
Khawaja Salman Raffique urged upon the Health Managers, Medical Superintendents, EDOs Health to ensure implementation on the SOPs of Hospital Waste Management to protect environmental and medical health.