N Ramesh, administrator, Mallige Medical Centre, said the biomedical waste found on the footpath was not from their hospital.
“Our centre produces 50 kg biomedical waste per day and we have tied up with Sembramky and pay Rs 10,000 per month. The regular non-biomedical waste is also disposed of through a private contractor,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Devaki Umesh, BBMP’s chief health officer, said they have sought an explanation from the hospital for not disposing of its biomedical waste scientifically as per Biomedical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998, as well as Section 76 of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation (KMC) Act. “We have issued a notice directing them to close their outpatient services too. But the emergency service will not be affected,” she said.
As per Biomedical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998, hospitals must segregate biomedical waste and it should be handed over to companies authorised to treat biomedical waste.