Sanitation Workers At Risk From Discarded Medical Waste Related To Covid-19

Bloomberg Quint | Apr 9, 2020 at 5:01 PM
  • Sanitation workers in Chennai recently reported anxiety about handling domestic waste mixed with used face masks discarded by households, The New Indian Express reported on March 24, 2020.
  • 27,427 instances of violations of government rules were reported in 2018, or 75 instances every day on average, against healthcare facilities or common biomedical waste treatment and disposal facilities.
  • Complaints received by the government for violation of rules related to the disposal of biomedical waste included its mixing with general waste, fears of “virus spreading”, illegal dumping of hospital waste in agricultural land, burning of obsolete medicines and so on.