Goa’s Pollution Control Board has issued more than 100 warnings to its public hospitals for failing to have in place the neccessary equipment to treat medical waste.

Notices to around 125 medical facilities, including top government hospitals, have been issued by the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB), according to timesofindia.com.

GSPCB chairman Simon de Souza said that these institutions have been asked to install autoclaving facilities to treat and dispose of their biomedical waste.

An autoclave, an alternative to the conventional incinerator, is used to sterilise medical equipment and supplies by subjecting them to high-pressure steam at 121°C or more.

GSPCB has given each institution 45 days to install autoclaving facilities on their premises, the news service said.