GMC begins test on bio-medical waste incinerator


In a bid to ease its huge bio-medical waste problem, the Goa Medical College has begun testing its newly acquired bio-medical waste incinerator feeding small amounts of medical waste to it initially. 
“We have started using it. Right now, trial runs are on with the help of officials of the company,” Dr Sunanda Amonkar, the medical superintendent said. 
This is GMC’s latest effort to deal with its both municipal solid waste as well as biomedical waste, which it has been grappling with for years. Earlier there were complaints that the incinerator used to break down frequently because it was fed with mixed waste. As a result, both bio medical waste as well as municipal solid waste that was being generated by the hospital as well as the Asilo and Hospicio hospitals in Mapusa and Margao respectively was dumped in a quarry outside the Yatri Niwas at the GMC and burnt. 
GMC generates about 2,000 kg of waste per day, of which 10% (200 kg) is biomedical waste. Another 100 kg bio-medical waste from Asilo and Hospicio hospital is sent to GMC on a daily basis for treatment.  GMC officials have assured that once the incinerator is running to its full capacity, the dumping and burning of waste in the abandoned quarry will stop and the quarry will be filled with mud. The GMC has in the past been served notices from the Tiswadi deputy collector on the issue of burning waste, but despite several assurances a solution had eluded the state’s premier medical institute which should have been the epitome of health and hygiene. [H]