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Covid Biowaste? Now, a Helpline for its Collection


Gurgaon, India, Jan 6, 2022 -- The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) appointed nodal officers for management of Covid-19 biomedical waste. The civic body has also launched a helpline, 9821395131, for collection of such waste from patients in home isolation.

Moreover, city residents can call 9599316882 for management of the last rites of Covid victims. In a meeting held on Wednesday to discuss the city’s Covid preparedness, the MCG commissioner also directed that eight vehicles be deputed solely for biomedical waste collection.

Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Ahuja also directed officials to ensure that the premises of the Covid-affected homes are sanitised after the waste is collected. "There are four vehicles at present for the collection of biomedical waste, one for each zone, which will now be increased to eight. Moreover, we have also designated two vehicles to carry bodies of Covid victims to the crematorium. Teams will soon be constituted for the management of their last rites," Ahuja said in the meeting.

Senior sanitary inspector Rishi Malik has been appointed as the nodal officer for biomedical waste collection from the houses of Covid patients in home isolation. Senior sanitary inspector Bijender Sharma has been appointed as the nodal officer for management of Covid bodies.

Moreover, MCG has also reactivated its control room for contact tracing of Covid patients. The control room staff will call up people between 9am and 10pm. If the person MCG staff are trying to contact doesn’t answer the call twice, their data will be sent to police for further action, the commissioner said. Ahuja also directed officials to send records of people whose numbers are unreachable to police twice a day to ensure effective contact tracing.

Gurgaon currently has 3,399 patients in home isolation. The Covid waste from these patients is collected by the civic body and is sent for incineration.


Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Date Posted: Friday, January 7, 2022

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