Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state and one of its poorest, hasn’t had the best track record in terms of medical facilities. Most infamously, 30 children died in the main government hospital in the district of Gorakhpur in 2017 due to a lack of oxygen cylinders. In January, the same hospital, Baba Raghav Das Medical College, was fined Rs 5 crore ($720,000) by the National Green Tribunal for improper disposal and burning of biomedical waste this January.
Biomedical waste could be India’s ticking bomb—or a thriving market
Almost 15,000 tonnes of medical waste go untreated every year in India—a potential biohazard crisis in the making. But with the right regulatory push, it could be serious business
India has a medical waste problem: hospitals, clinics and labs put out ever more each year, but treatment capacity is sluggish
On the one hand, there are enthusiastic startups that are struggling for government assistance to set up new treatment facilities
On the other hand there are large corporate players that are knocking door to door for household medical waste
With the number of treatment facilities remaining stagnant over the years how will we deal with burgeoning medical waste?