AGRA: Days after a video of two children carrying firewood during a discarded PPE suit surfaced, the National Commission for cover of kid Rights (NCPCR) has issued a notice to the UP's health department and sought its reply within three days.
The panel has asked the Agra administration and therefore the UP health secretary to require necessary action within the matter and make sure that used Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits are disposed consistent with the rules issued by the Union health ministry.
NCPCR may be a statutory body which comes under the Union Ministry of girls and Child Development. The notice was issued by NCPCR chairperson Priyank Kanoongo, who also cited TOI report on the incident.
On May 13 afternoon, two minor children were found employing a discarded PPE suit to tug home a heap of dry wood in Agra Cantonment, a shocking visual which was captured by some Agra residents on mobile phones and shared widely on social media platforms.
The boys, who were busy collecting firewood, found the "fascinating" white PPE suit during a pile of garbage near a graveyard. The place is about one km faraway from Railway hospital, which now doubles up as an isolation centre for Covid-19 patients.
Child rights activist Naresh Paras had filed a complaint with the panel after which the direction was issued. He told TOI, "The matter of youngsters carrying firewood in used PPE kit wasn't taken seriously by the district administration and health department. They didn't investigate the matter. the aim to file the complaint with the NCPCR was to make sure that such an event isn't repeated. Authorities must make sure that used PPE kits are disposed as per the rules of the Central ministry of health and family welfare."
Agra chief medic Dr RC Pandey said, "We had found that the PPE within the hands of the youngsters wasn't of state purchase. It had a special colour. we've a contract with a personal company for the disposal of hazardous medical waste. All the medical waste generated at hospitals is collected in separate containers. it's sprayed with disinfectant and carried to a disposal facility on Firozabad road. All the waste is taken out of the vehicle and again disinfected. Finally, all the waste is thrown in an electrical furnace."