Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: The Government will start intensifying the removal of waste from hospitals in the State from Saturday. Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy sought the cooperation of the public for it here on Friday.

The Government had taken a number of steps to scientifically treat hospital waste. A sewage treatment plant was being set up at a cost of Rs.5 crore at the Kozhikode Medical College.

Such plants would be constructed in the other medical colleges also.

Incinerators have been installed at the Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, and Kozhikode medical colleges to handle biomedical waste.

At the Alappuzha and Thrissur medical colleges, which do not have any incinerator, the waste was being removed and treated with the help of Image, an organisation involved with waste disposal.

An agreement had been signed with Image for the disposal of biomedical waste in all Government hospitals with bed strength of 75. It was being done since October 31, 2006.

The Minister said that things, including plastic and food items, brought by relatives of patients and being dumped in hospitals were the biggest problem. Strict action would be taken to check this practice.