Abysmal hospital conditions are a source of continuous threat for public health. The hospital waste is usually lying around in hospitals waiting to be treated and disposed off. It is a serious threat to the patient health as well as to the visitors coming to hospitals. Besides public hospitals, there are hundreds of private hospitals, health centers and clinics across the city producing huge quantity of hospital waste. Medical experts believe if timely disposal of the waste is not done, it could cause fatal environmental pollution that could lead to outbreak of diseases like Hepatitis A&B, Aids, Typhoid etc. -ASMA DILSHAD WARRAICH, Lahore, via e-mail, August 22.