February 20, 2019
State Govt to make hospitals plastic bags-free zones
The State Environment Department has made plans to make all government hospitals free of plastics bags, which are non-biodegradable and hence harmful for the environment.
It plans to conduct awareness campaigns among patients and their relatives, requesting them not to use non-biodegradable plastic bags. Environment-friendly cloth bags would be supplied to the different wards of the hospitals.
Private agencies running their units inside government hospitals on private-public partnership (PPP) basis – like diagnostic centres – would also be requested to refrain from using plastic packets for giving the reports in and instead use cloth carry bags.
NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata has already started implementing the measures. Others will follow suit soon.
Source: The Statesman