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                                                                             Panaji, June 26, 2018

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          Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) has announced that Goa will have an integrated waste management system for Bio medical waste. A launch workshop of the Project ‘Development of Bio-medical Waste Management Plan for the State of Goa’, held at International Centre Goa, Dona Paula by GWMC and its implementing agency.


          MD, GWMC Shri. Sanjit Rodrigues, informed that the Bio medical waste is one of the most critical waste streams because of its infectious nature and can be a serious public health concern if not managed well. The 3 – year project will be implemented by a Delhi based not-for-profit organization Toxics Link, that will assess the quantum of this waste generated in the state and suggest GWMC in coming up with a plan to set a model system incorporating most advanced technologies. Toxics Link made a detailed presented on how the government intends to take this project forward.


          The project launch was attended by all the major stakeholders, including  Directorate of Health, Goa State Pollution Control Board, Directorate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Indian Medical Association, Indian Dental Association, Goa Medical College, major Government and private hospitals and civil society organizations.


          Currently, though some of the hospitals and clinics are sending their waste to Goa Medical College, many hospitals have no disposal mechanism. Dr. Shivanand Bandekar, GMC, said ‘We are treating our waste in most scientific manner but are running full capacity and hence difficult to treat more waste’. The new facility which will come up in Kundaim will cater to the whole state. The Bio medical Waste management facility will be built and operated under a Public Private Partnership on selection and finalization of a successful bidder. This will be first of its kind facility and a part from health care waste, it also plans to include management and disposal of used diapers and sanitary napkins.






          Mr. Rodrigues urged the medical fraternity to support this initiate and help Goa become a model for other states to follow. He also emphasized and urged  stakeholders to take ownership and responsibility towards environmental management and not to take ownership and responsibility towards environmental management and not to shy from making a small payment for managing waste since the facility will eventually have to be self- financed and viable.