Lahore: Secretary Health Punjab, Dr. Ijaz Muneer has said that hospital waste management is a very serious issue and Health department is considering to start a consolidated program for disposing of toxic waste of hospitals under which a plant of huge capacity will be installed in the suburb of Lahore with the collaboration of Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC). This plant will be sufficient to cater the needs of hospital waste management of public as well as private sectors hospitals. He hoped that this project would be completed within next fiscal year.
He said this while addressing the inaugural session of 2-days Hospital Waste Management Training Workshop at Punjab Health Development Centre (PHDC) here today. He disclosed that hospital waste management is being outsources. He said that offers are being invited through LWMC for installation of this plant. He disclosed that no government funds would be spent on the installation of the plant. However, the project would be awarded to such company which would give lowest per kg rate for disposing of hospital waste.
Dr. Ijaz Muneer lauded the services of Punjab Health Development Centre for starting various capacity building programs for health managers. He said that hospital waste management training workshop for the doctors of different hospitals is a good omen. He said that the capacity and infrastructure of PHDC would be enhanced so that this institution could introduce new courses and training workshops for capacity building. He stressed the need to start training and capacity building workshops on medical ethics.
While addressing, the inaugural ceremony, Vice Chancellor University Health Sciences, Lahore Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Dr. Muhammad Aslam offered that UHS is ready to provide all cooperation and technical assistance for teaching, learning and training courses at PHDC.
Regional Director CPSP Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal said that CPSP is providing 85 percent specialists in different cadres to the health sector. Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal also offered all kind of cooperation for training courses at PHDC.
Technical Advisor on Health Prof. Syed Muhammad Owais, in his speech said that disposing of toxic hospital waste in the proper way is very essential to control spread of diseases. He stressed the importance of cleanliness.
Principal Fatima Jinnah Medical College and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Prof. Fakhar Imam also addressed the function.
Earlier, Director Punjab Health Development Centre Dr. Sohail Saqlain briefed the participants about the role of PHDC in capacity building of Health Managers and future plan of training as well as capacity building workshops. He expressed his commitment to enhance the role of PHDC for training of human resource of health sector on modern lines.