The Environment Committee of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly today called for close monitoring of the pollution control measures in various health institutions of the state. The Committee decided to conduct on spot inspection of various hospitals both in public and private sector.This was announced at a meeting of the Environment Committee held here today under the chairmanship of MLA, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori.Legislators, Shamima Firdous, Dr Gagan Bhagat, Dina Nath, Neelam Kumar Langeh, Abdul Majeed Larmi, Yawar Ahmed Mir, Anjum Fazili, Altaf Ahmed Wani, Mohammad Amin Bhat, Daleep Singh, Mumtaz Ahmad, Gulzar Ahmed Wani, Devinder Kumar Manyal, Aijaz Ahmed Mir, Mohammad Abass Wani and Dr Krishan Lal attended the meeting.
The Committee decided that the members will start with inspecting hospitals, nursing homes in Srinagar district followed by inspection of health institutions in North and South Kashmir. Likewise, the health institutions of Jammu division shall also be inspected by the members of the Committee.Earlier, Secretary, Health and Medical Education, Dr Mandeep Kumar Bhandari briefed the Committee about various measures in place in various health institutions for scientific disposal of the biomedical waste.He said five Biomedical Waste Common Treatment Plants (BMWCTPs) are coming up in the State. The Committee sought report on these five sites for Biomedical Waste disposal.
The Committee also sought status report from the Health and Medical Education department on issues related to health hazards due to biomedical waste in and around hospitals and steps needed to dispose it scientifically.Chairman, Pollution Control Board, MD NHM and other senior officers of concerned departments besides officers and officials of Assembly Secretariat were also present on the occasion.