LAHORE - Another 51 were tested positive for dengue on Tuesday, taking the number of confirmed cases in the province to 2,296. Out of 51 new cases, 48 were reported from Lahore and 3 from Rawalpindi.

Out of 48 cases in Lahore, 10 were reported from Cantonment, 8 from Data Gunj Bakhsh Town, 6 each from Ravi Town, Gulberg Town, Nishter Town and Shalamar Town, 2 each from Iqbal Town and Samanabad Town and 1 each from Aziz Bhatti Town and Wahga Town.

Clinical waste disposal plan

The Punjab Health Department is evolving a centralised system for incinerating hazardous clinical waste with the cooperation of Lahore Waste Management Company. For this purpose two latest incinerators will be installed at Lakhu Dair for the disposal of clinical waste of 232 public sector and private hospitals.

This was informed at a meeting chaired by Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Kh Salman Rafiq on Tuesday. The meeting discussed in detail the planning of hospital waste management system. Besides special secretary Health Babar Hayyat Tarrar, Secretary Environment Anwar Rasheed Ch, MD LWMC Wasim Ajmal Ch, Addl Secretary Health Technical Dr Anwar Janjua, Medical Director Children Hospital Prof Ahsan Waheed Rathore, Principal Allam Iqbal Medical College/ Jinnah Hospital Prof Mehmood Shaukat and other concerned officers attended the meeting.

MD LWMC gave briefing on hospitals waste management project. It was informed that at present 232 public and private hospitals of the city were producing 10569 kg waste. He informed that two incinerators would be installed in Lakhu Dair, each plant has a capacity of burning 500kg waste per hour. He informed that there would be a central point in each town for collection of clinical waste from where it would be shifted to Lakhu Dair for incineration.

He informed that Environment Department was also cooperating in this programme. He disclosed that 20 per cent of total hospital waste was injurious for human health. He said that in future power generation would also be started from these incinerators by using plasma technology.

Kh Salman Rafiq said that after success of Lahore hospital waste management project, it would be replicated in other big cities of the province.