CHANDIGARH, Dec. 4 -- Taking cognisance of reports of violation of Biomedical Waste Management Rules, health and family welfare minister Balbir Singh Sidhu issued instructions to government and private healthcare facilities for safe and scientific disposal of bio-medical waste.

Sidhu said biomedical waste must be disposed of safely and scientifically as per norms. "It is being observed that many healthcare facilities are not disposing off their bio-medical waste scientifically which is leading to increase in transmit infections, particularly HIV, hepatitis B & C and tetanus, to the people who handle it or come in contact with it," he said in a statement. The minister also asked civil surgeons to ensure proper compliance of parameters in co...