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  Metros   Delhi  24 Mar 2018  Medical waste to go up to 775.5 tonnes by 2022

Medical waste to go up to 775.5 tonnes by 2022

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Mar 24, 2018, 2:12 am IST
Updated : Mar 24, 2018, 2:12 am IST

The study, which was released on Thursday, stated that medical waste is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7 per cent.

(Representational image)
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New Delhi: India is likely to generate 775.5 tonnes of medical waste per day by 2022 from the present 550.9 tonnes, according to a joint  study conducted by Assocham-Velocity.

The study, which was released on Thursday, stated that medical waste is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7 per cent.

Titled ‘Unearthing the Growth Curve and Necessities of Bio Medical Waste Management in India-2018’, the study stressed on the need for monitoring and evaluation framework to ensure safe and effective management of waste.

Releasing the paper, Dr K. Bhushan, the director-general of health services, Delhi government said, “Safe and effective management of waste is not only a legal necessity, but also a social responsibility. Lack of concern, motivation, awareness and cost factor are some of the problems faced in proper biomedical waste management.”

Waste management market in India is expected to reach $13.62 billion by 2025, Dr Bhushan said, adding, “There is a need for education regarding the hazards associated with improper waste disposal. Education of staff about management of biomedical waste is crucial in today’s healthcare arena.”

Major waste sections such as civic solid waste management market, e-waste market and bio-medical waste are expected to grow at CAGR of 7.14 per cent, 10.03 per cent and 8.14 per cent, respectively. The key challenges are speed of data availability, under-reporting of waste generated etc.

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