KARACHI, Jan 1: Experts have emphasized the need for safe disposal of
disposable syringes as otherwise people may be exposed to dangerous
diseases such as Hepatitis C and Aids. Three hundred million syringes
are used every year in the country.
Talking to APP, experts said the incineration of used needles/syringes
is the best way for their safe disposal, but installation and proper
management of incinerators is expensive. So doctors and others concerned
with the health sector must use needle cutters.
Importance of needle cutters becomes all the more important as negligent
disposal of syringes by healthcare providers exposes themselves as well
as the sanitary workers to dangerous health hazards.
Since used syringes and other hospital waste are generally dumped at
garbage sites, this also poses a threat to the general public. Then
there are people who get these syringes collected and resell them at
Dr Syed Abdul Mujeeb, a senior researcher associated with Jinnah Post-
graduate Medical Centre, suggests that doctors avoid indiscriminate
administration of injections and drips.
Since the process of containing the tendency would take some time, he
said, immediate ban could be imposed on disposing of syringes with
intact needles. He said the used syringes are collected by scavengers.
With a flourishing recycling market, scavengers collecting waste are
able to make high earning from collecting and selling syringes to
plastic good industries. These scavengers are often found to be
afflicted with infections.
In the garbage dumps such syringes are also found which drug addicts
use. This makes the whole business of recycling used syringes doubly
A number of general practitioners as well as quacks in remote rural
areas as well as in urban slums indiscriminately administer injections
to patients for quick relief. These medical practitioners and quacks
reportedly use one syringe several times. They may be claiming proper
sterilization of syringes, but getting a syringe boiled for at least 15
minutes is not possible considering the rush of patients at their
clinics, physicians say.-APP