Pros say raising use of PPE kits increase the total amount of plastic waste from the surroundings
Mangaluru: There is an increasing concern within the slumping plastic waste, as a result of the rising use of PPEs like dresses, aprons, face-shield, goggles, and shoe covers, gloves and masks by health care workers.
Talking on the problem, Dr Indrani Karunasagar, director of Nitte University Centre for Science Education and Research, stated using Covid-19 instances expected to grow further, plastic from the shape of PPEs and other medical equipment are essential for protecting the frontline employees. “International organisations such as WHO have come out with recommendations for the rational use of PPEs. We will need to appear at just how much plastic waste we’re generating throughout the pandemic, and just how are we managing this particular threat. The need of the hour would be to reuse certain parts of PPEs such as goggles, aprons, gloves and masks following disinfecting them in sodium hypochlorite.” .
Based on senior global food security adviser Dr Iddya Karunasagar, the general people are using vinyl gloves, face-shields, single-use masks wrapped separately in plastic. “Think of this plastic waste being produced even as Covid-19 instances are climbing. Since the sources are rare, the Washington State Department of Health has proposed long and reuse of PPEs by healthcare employees. With increasing demand for gowns, masks and gloves, there’s also the fear of poor-quality goods being pushed to the current market,” he explained.