Knowledge and update on Biomedical waste management is the most important as well as most neglected part in any healthcare system in the world. Throughout the globe environmental health is an evolving subject and forms the cornerstone of healthcare management.
Prof.Dr.S.Vetrivel chezian is the first medical person to obtain a
PhD in environmental health in India. He has been recognised
with numerous prestigious awards including Gold medal for his best paper on on Early
weight bearing in calcaneal fracture by the Indian foot and ankle society. He was conferred
F.R.C.S by the royal college of surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow,U.K.He is awarded
Tamilnadu Scientist award for the year 2016 by the Government of Tamilnadu. He has been
instrumental in converting and shaping the orthopaedic department in coimbatore medical
college into a very busy institute with strong patient oriented academic and research
components. He is currently working as the director of institute of orthopaedics and
traumatology in coimbatore medical college and hospital.
All human activities generate waste and such waste may be dangerous and needs
safe disposal. Industrial waste, sewage and agricultural waste pollute water, soil
and air. It can also be dangerous to humans and environment. Hospital is a place
of almighty as well as a place to help the patient. From the past, the hospitals are
known for the treatment of sick persons but we are unaware about the adverse
effects of the garbage and filth generated in the hospitals affecting human body
and environment. Now it is an established fact that there are many adverse and
harmful effects to the environment including human beings which are caused by
the “Hospital waste” produced at the time of patient care. Hospital waste pose a
threat to the health care workers, public and flora and fauna of the area. Hospital
acquired infection, transfusion transmitted diseases, rising incidence of Hepatitis
B, and HIV, increasing land and water pollution bring about the possibility of
catching many diseases (Blenkharn and Odd, 2008).