NGO Safe Point Trust UK, that came into existence in 2006, with the sole purpose of creating awareness about the dangers of using unsterilised syringes, has launched a massive awareness campaign throughout India about the criticality of using sterile and disposable syringes.
Marc Koska, Founder of the SafePoint Trust, health minister Dr Ambumani Ramadoss, Dr R K Srivastava, director general of health services and A Johari, joint secretary took part in the discussions which followed the campaign.
It was decided that with effect from April 2009, government hospitals will begin to use only auto-disable (AD) syringes.
"It will take a few months for the auto-disable syringes to replace the old ones," said Marc Koska.
A study undertaken by the IndiaCLEN Program Evaluation Network showed that nearly 65% of syringes used nationwide are reused- which means they have not been disposed properly, increasing the risk of infection.
"The study shows that around 3 lakh people in India die due to the use of unsterilised or non-disposable syringes," he said.
According to Koska, 6 billion syringes are required by India every year. The shortfall of syringes is 4 billion.