Dhaka, Bangladesh
Stark image of poor waste management

Chuadanga Sadar Hospital

Stark image of poor waste management

News Desk CHUADANGA, May 16: Random dumping of waste across Chuadanga Sadar Hospital is a growing concern for the health of patients and visitors to the hospital complex. Even the hospital authorities acknowledged the risks for failure in providing answers over proper disposal of the waste. Upon visiting the complex, this correspondent discovered medical waste lying exposed at several open spots. A few cleaners were seen dumping drums full of garbage within the hospital boundary. Sanjid, one of the cleaners, said the dumping of waste from wards in open spaces within the hospital complex is the norm in the hospital, which the municipality's dumping trucks take away the following morning. He could not provide information about what happens with the garbage after that. A visitor to an in-patient, Golam Kibria, said the odor produced by wastages around the hospital has created an unbearable situation for everyone. Chuadanga Sadar Hospital Resident Medical Officer (RMO) Dr Shamim Kabir highlighted the lack of manpower, saying, "We've to provide service to hundreds of patients with limited manpower. So, there's increased amount of waste produced." Dr Kabir acknowledged that the unregulated dumping of wastages can cause serious harm to people and compromise the hospital environment. Civil Surgeon Dr Khairul Alam told to the media that the waste produced from the patients and operations require special incineration machine for proper disposal which the hospital does not have and the authorities are concerned about it. But he assured that the authorities have already sent a letter to the Health Ministry for establishing a waste treatment plant at Chuadanga Sadar Hospital. Locals said they want words to translate into action and the proper disposal of waste produced at the hospital. (Inputs taken from UNB)

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