Unscientific dumping of medical waste worries residents

Unscientific dumping of medical waste worries residents

July 25, 2021

MCC Health Officer gets it cleared within 30 minutes of coming to his notice

Mysore/Mysuru: Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) Health Officer Dr. D.G. Nagaraj, acting swiftly on receiving message about medical waste being discarded at the garbage bin in Chamundipuram Circle, has got it cleared within 30 minutes of him receiving the message.

Yesterday morning, a few residents noticed medical waste such as used syringes, cotton swabs with blood, used hand gloves, used cotton gauze etc. discarded at the garbage bin in Chamundipuram Circle. These wastes were also found scattered on the footpath.

Shocked on seeing such an irresponsible act, a few residents are said to have brought this to the notice of the elected representative and to MCC officials, who did not take the issue seriously. They are said to have told the residents that it was a holiday today and there are no workers besides telling the residents that they would get the medical wastes cleared tomorrow.

Unhappy with the answers and expressing concerns that what would happen if cows and dogs consume it or if a person stamps on these wastes and gets infected, a resident, called up Mysuru Mithra, the sister concern of Star of Mysore, last evening and expressed their concern. 

The residents also sent a few photos of medical waste discarded in the garbage bin. Soon, the issue was brought to the notice of MCC Health Officer Dr. D.G. Nagaraj and the photos were also sent to him through WhatsApp last night. 

Taking the issue seriously, Dr. Nagaraj immediately swung into action and within 30 minutes, got the medical waste cleared from the spot.

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The residents, thanking Dr. Nagaraj for taking immediate action, has urged the authorities concerned to initiate legal action against those discarding medical wastes irresponsibly.


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