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Contingency plan for biomedical waste management

By Our Staff Reporter

NAGERCOIL, JUNE 12. The government has drawn up a contingency plan for biomedical waste management in all government hospitals. As directed by the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, a high-level meeting will be organised in Chennai on Monday to explore ways and means of implementing proper biomedical waste management procedures in all hospitals — both government and private, the Health Minister, N. Thalavai Sundaram, told presspersons here today.

The Health Secretary, the Chairman of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and the Director of Medical Education would participate.

On diarrhoea outbreak throughout the State, the Minister said the Collectors had been asked to form mobile medical teams to visit and provide treatment in affected villages. As water contamination was said to be the cause, he had directed the district administration to chlorinate all waterbodies.

On proliferation of quacks, Mr. Sundaram said the Collectors of all districts were already asked to identify bogus doctors and the police were given instructions to arrest them.

To a question about the opening of a medical college at Asaripallam in Kanyakumari district, the Minister said the government had allotted Rs. 48 crores to set up the college. A sum of Rs. 13 lakhs was already spent on construction of buildings. A Medical Council of India team conducted surprise inspections twice at Asaripallam to ensure that infrastructure conformed to the Centre's guidelines. It found some defects and asked officials to rectify them. The third inspection would be conducted at the earliest.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court had issued a direction that students could be admitted to all medical colleges up to September 30. Hence steps would be taken to inaugurate the medical college as soon as possible.

Mr. Sundaram gave the assurance that the demands of the Nesamony Peravai, including declaring a government holiday on the birthday of Marshal Nesamony on June 12 would be taken to the notice of the Chief Minister. Earlier presiding over the 110th birth anniversary celebrations of Marshal Nesamony, organised by the Peravai at Home Church, the Minister appealed to the younger generation to follow the ideals and the principles of Nesamony. Nesamony had dedicated his entire life to the uplift of Tamil-speaking people in Kanyakumari district, said the Minister.

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