SALIGAO: The biomedical waste management cell of Indian Medical Association (IMA) Goa had a detailed meeting on the issue of biomedical waste and authorisation/consent to operate under the ‘Biomedical Waste Management and Handling Rules 2016’ applicable to healthcare facilities in Goa was held at the State Pollution Control Board(GSPCB) conference hall on Monday.
The agenda was to explain and streamline licensing under the applicable GSPCB rules for healthcare facilities, “ said IMA-Goa.
The Network Engineer of GSPCB, Indira demonstrated on how to use the Online Consent Management and Monitoring System (OCMMS) website for submission of New and Renewal of applications under the Biomedical waste authorisation, filing of annual returns under form 4 of GSPCB rules and application for Consent to Operate (CTO)(New/renewals).
Other issues elaborated on were amendments in the recent biomedical waste guidelines, which were explained by the Member Secretary GSPCB, Sharmila Monteiro with emphasis on pre-treatment and other process details and filing yearly data which is mandatory by hospitals and clinics.
The Chairman GSPCB, Ganesh Shetgaonkar urged all healthcare facilities to kindly complete the formalities before June 30, 2019 and ensure compliance to avoid applicable penalization including closure of the health care facilities.
IMA urged the officials at GSPCB to find an interim agreement for biomedical waste management via service providers as done in Panjimi and Vasco municipal jurisdictions, as some healthcare facilities are unable to implement onsite management due to various restraints.
An option was explored to transport the biomedical waste generated in Goa to nearby IMA Karwar run common facility, however Member Secretary GSPCB opined that such resolve may not be granted due to complexity in transboundary movement of biomedical waste, further legal aspect in this matter is sought.
IMA Goa State has assured GSPCB that it will strive hard to ensure safe smooth and scientific management of biomedical waste and shall take all steps necessary to implement the same in future.
Among those present was the Chairman of Biomedical Waste Cell, Indian Medical Association Goa State, Dr Shekhar Salkar; President IMA Bardez, Dr Sachin Palyekar; President IMA Bardez, Dr Parag Sawant; President IMA Bicholim Branch, Dr Kalpana Chodankar President IMA Ponda Branch, Dr Sarvesh Dubhashi. Also present was a representative from District Hospital Chicalim and Dr Sail from Goa Health Monitoring Services.