This is with reference to a report published in an English daily on April 18, 2008 about disposal of radioactive wastes. A spokesman of the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust Hospital (SKMTH) stated that the radioactive waste of the institution is handled strictly in accordance with the international norms. He also emphasised the fact that SKMTH follows all guidelines and regulations of the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) and the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC). All sealed radioactive sources are returned to the Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH) after use. The unsealed radioactive waste is dealt with by incineration after use and after confirmation that it is no longer radioactive. This is in keeping with the standard guidelines issued by the PNRA. Documentation and inventory of this process is available at the hospital. All aspects of handling the radioactive waste are formally inspected bi-annually by the PNRA. The last such inspection was conducted on 27th March, 2008. The spokesman also denied the existence of any employee at SKMCH and RC by the name of Zaman Khan, as indicated in the said report. -Kh Nazir Ahmad, PRO, SKMTH, Lahore, April 20.