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Discuss the emerging issues in biomedical waste management due to Covid-19, what will be the challenges in waste management before the World owing to it?

Topic: GS-2: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

GS-3: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.

5. Discuss the emerging issues in biomedical waste management due to Covid-19, what will be the challenges in waste management before the World owing to it? (250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why the question:

The worsening pandemic scenario has resulted in a massive spike in biomedical waste generated across the countries.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss the emerging issues in biomedical waste management due to Covid-19 and explain what will be the challenges in waste management before the World owing to it.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with few key facts that hint at the problem in question.

Body:

Define what biomedical waste are; biomedical waste or hospital waste is any kind of waste containing infectious (or potentially infectious) materials. It may also include waste associated with the generation of biomedical waste that visually appears to be of medical or laboratory origin (e.g. packaging, unused bandages, infusion kits etc.), as well research laboratory waste containing biomolecules or organisms that are mainly restricted from environmental release. Biomedical waste is generated from biological and medical sources and activities, such as the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of diseases.

Then discuss the emerging issues in biomedical waste management due to Covid.

Bring out the challenges in waste management due to Covid.

Suggest measures to deal with increased biomedical waste.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.