Mangaluru: Littered masks filling streets, becoming safety hazard


Abhijith N Kolpe

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Sep 28: Since the coronavirus pandemic has affected the country, the government has urged the public to compulsorily wear masks to protect themselves from getting infected from the ongoing coronavirus infection.

At the same time people are unaware of the requirements of disposal of masks and end up disposing them in the streets, bus stands and public places.

The disposal of masks in public places can be highly dangerous and increase the chance of spreading the infection. This is an urgent need of the hour for the public to undertake proper disposal of used masks and avoid disposing them in public places.

There are certain ways of mask disposal that have to be followed and avoid littering them in public places.

Speaking to Daijiworld.com, deputy medical superintendent KMC Hospital Attavar Dr Deepak Madi said, "Inside the hospitals, mask disposal is carried out in a right manner through bio medical waste and it will not be an issue. At home, we use cloth masks and wash them daily.

"Masks should not be thrown in public places as it is a very bad practice. It is at high risk if anyone touches it and the chances of spreading infection increases. Even rag pickers and beggars may reuse it. So it is better to keep it for 72 hours in a bin at your house or apply bleach over the mask and hand it over to corporation waste collecting personnel. But never throw it in public places. You can even cut the mask to prevent reuse," said Dr Deepak.

"We are unsure of the mask's effects on the soil. But in general, people do not know how to use the mask properly. We can see many people wearing masks on their chin wherein the mouth is exposed. Only 10 to 15 percent of people wear masks and after the use, litter them wherever they want," he added.

He further said, "Even wearing a wet mask is highly dangerous, the mask loses its power. If you are driving a two wheeler wearing a mask during rain, the mask will get wet and it is highly dangerous as it spreads infection."

Speaking to Daijiworld.com, district health officer Dr Ramachandra Bayari said, "Throwing masks in public places is highly dangerous. If a corona-positive patient throws a mask in a public place, the droplet in the mask is enough to spread and lead to more cases. Avoid throwing masks in public places and dispose of it in the right way. If masks are used by a family who are infected with coronavirus, then the disposal has to be done in a systematic manner by contacting nearby primary health care centres.

"Mask disposal should be done in the right manner like burning the mask applying bleaching solution. This is the best way of disposal," he said.

As per pollution board guidelines, "Waste mask and gloves in general households should be kept in a paper bag for a minimum of 72 hours prior to disposal of the same as dry general solid waste, after cutting the same to prevent reuse.”

Discarded PPEs from the general public at commercial establishments, shopping malls, institutions, offices etc should be stored in separate bins for three days and thereafter disposed of as dry general solid waste after cutting or shredding.

 

 

  

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  • J. F. D SOUZA, Attavar. Mangalore.

    Tue, Sep 29 2020

    Our people are accustomed throwing everything on streets mainly plastic etc. So the same habit continues here in respect of Masks also which is very dangerous. Its shame on the part of our so educated class of people.

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  • Vijay kumar, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    More than the masks,most of the people have habit of spitting while on the roads. I dont understand from where so much of sputum and saliva is generated. This spit gets on to tyres and splashes. Also when dry it can contaminate the air we breath. Imagine the danger lurking in the air.

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  • Vijay kumar, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    More than the masks,most of the people have habit of spitting while on the roads. I dont understand from where so much of sputum and saliva is generated. This spit gets on to tyres and splashes. Also when dry it can contaminate the air we breath. Imagine the danger lurking in the air.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Our people who spit everywhere and dirty the place, what do they think if a mask is thrown anywhere. The masks were thrown on roads since March 2020.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Recycle them and export them. Like a lady from Hanoi was in the business of recycling used condoms.

    India needs funds.

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  • Alex, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    What is the problem of the reusing the same mask.
    Keep the used masks for a minimum of 3 days at a safe place.
    If there is any bacteria it should die within those 3 days.
    I think you can use the masks as many times as 19 times as per the health authorities.
    If you wash the mask, it can be re-used only 3-4 times.

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  • Mr Kamath, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Please fine them if they do it. I agree with Mr jossey too throw your masks in dustbin wind make sure no jugad will work for it

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  • Mohammad/GCC, gcc

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    in India rules are made to break. Even educated people act as uneducated.

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  • PRAM, India/ Magalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Issmart City

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Kindly cut the mask before Disposal ...

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  • JNB, Bejai

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Same Indians strictly follow the rules without fail when they travel GCC & ME.

    They can't even spit at public places.

    Only difference is we do not have strong Law and Order, our lawmakers useless.

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