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Bio-Medical Waste Management System

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Indian Medical Association, Kerala State Branch, established IMAGE, a state-of-the art Common Biomedical Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility at Palakkad and it was commissioned on 14th December 2003. IMAGE was conceived and launched to support healthcare providers to overcome the challenges posed by the responsibilities laid down in the Biomedical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 1998.

IMAGE (Indian Medical Association Goes Eco-friendly), the biomedical waste treatment and disposal project of the Indian Medical Association has been wrought with challenges. IMAGE is unique in conception and execution. The project is a testimony of the grit, determination and social commitment of the Indian Medical Association. I.M.A by its persistence has achieved resounding success by overcoming the difficulties in dealing with a ravaging issue of biomedical waste in the state of Kerala. The story of IMAGE is a reflection of public trust and the unshakable faith in IMA's credentials. IMAGE is an institution of excellence and is now renowned as "THE KERALA MODEL" having catapulted God's Own Country ahead of other states in the field of Biomedical Waste Management.


The Indian Medical Association – Kerala State Branch has taken up the challenge of disposal of hospital waste by establishing a Common Biomedical Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility at Palakkad in accordance with the provision of the Biomedical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 1998 and with the approval of Kerala State Pollution Control Board.

IMA in 2002 decided to start 4 Biomedical waste management plants in each zones of state of Kerala (North, Middle, Middle East & South Zones) as per the request of Govt. of Kerala in 2002. In a state where land is at a premium and the fragile geological parameters which makes the disposal of biomedical waste a difficult proposition, and also due to the social stigma behind such waste treatment plants, IMA could only establish one plant (IMAGE Plant at Palakkad) which has been able to provide comprehensive solution to the Biomedical Waste Management woes of the health care facilities functioning in Kerala.
at the time of its inception in year 2003, had commenced operations with one incinerator, one autoclave, one shredder with a single sharp pit. IMAGE evolved over the years through a sustained expansion program adhering to the needs of its clients by embracing modern technology and equipment. All the districts in the state was brought under the purview of the service rendered by IMAGE in phases. During the initial years of its inception it was the major private hospitals in the state who had benefited from the service of IMAGE. In the year 2005 the Government of Kerala approached IMAGE for extending the coverage to the Government Healthcare Institutions as well. A Memorandum of Understanding was inked between the Government of Kerala and IMAGE bringing all the Government Healthcare Institutions in the purview of the service of IMAGE. The vast expands of the project now renders IMAGE as the largest Common Biomedical Waste Treatment and Disposal facility in INDIA.

IMAGE Office Bearers:

IMAGE is guided by a team of professional doctors, elected from among the members of I.M.A Kerala State Branch, dedicating their knowledge in the field of medicine and the hazards posed by biomedical waste.

The present team of Office Bearers of IMAGE are enlisted below:

State Office Bearers of IMAGE (2019-2020)

State President    State Secretary

Dr. Abraham Varghese.

State President IMA

Kerala State Branch


Dr. Gopikumar P.

State Secretary IMA

Kerala State Branch 



Vice Chairman

Dr. Seethi V U
Shaz, Govt. Hospital Road
Perinthalmanna, Malappuram - 679 322
Tel : 04933 227532 (R)
E-mail :

Dr. Rajagopalan Nair

Raj Bhavan, Kunnathumedu

Palakkad - 678013
Tel. 0491-2535676
Mob : 9447645676

Email :





Dr. Sharafudheen K P

Villa D1, Misty Hills, Homestead.

Panambi, Perinthalmanna-679322

Mob: 96569 93339 (O)
Tel : 04933 302043 (H)


Dr. Shaji C K


Kapu Valavu

Mukkam, Kozhikode - 673 602

Email :


Joint Secretary, North East Zone


Joint Secretary, North Zone



Dr. Dilnath Kallat

"Kallat", Near Civil Court

THalassery - 670101 
Tel : 0490-2321744 (R) 2346211 (H)
Mob : 9847732303, 9562544445

Email :


Joint Secretary, Mid Zone


Joint Secretary, South Zone

Dr. Suresh Kumar M

Senior Medical Officer
Cochin Port Trust Hospital
Willingdon Island, Kochi - 682 003
Tel : 0484 2666014 (R) 2582713
Mob : 8893342133


Dr. Syam N

‘Navamalika’, Opp. Ramavarma Club
Thevally, Kollam - 691009
Tel : 0474 2797275 (R)
Mob : 9847074334

email :



Dist. Representative, Thiruvananthapuram

Dist. Representative, Kollam

Dr. Anandarajan C R

C.J. Hospital, Sreekariyam P.O.
Thiruvananthapuram - 695 017
Tel : 0471 2594071 (O), 2595194 (R)
Mob : 94470 59519

email :


Dr. Sen C R

'Noopuram', Pada-North
Karunagappally, Kollam - 690518
Tel: 0476-2622201(R), 2621020(H)
Mob: 9446122201, 9846043880

email :

Dist. Representative, Pathanamthitta


Dist. Representative, Alappuzha

Dr. Ramalingam S

Susrutha Hospital
Malayalapuzha, Thazham P.O.
Pathanamthitta - 689 666
Ph : 0468 2301488
Mob : 9447561574

Email :

Dr. Ramraju

‘Madhavom’ , Temple Road
Kayamkulam - 695 502
Mob : 9447124944

Email :

Dist. Representative, Kottayam


Dist. Representative, Idukki

Dr. Dominic Mathew Palett

Palett, Kanakkary P.O, Kottayam–686632
Tel: 0481-2563611 (H) 2539324 (R)
Mob: 9847832478

Email :

Dr. Abraham C. Peter

Assisi Skin Clinic, Idukki Road
Thodupuzha 685 584
Tel : 04862 222159 (H), 224531 (R)
Mob : 94461 40990

Email :

Dist. Representative, Eranakulam


Dist. Representative, Thrissur

Dr. Haneesh Meerasa

ENT Surgeon
Govt. General Hospital
Ernakulam - 682011
Mob: 9447528456

Email :

Dr. Saju P.K.

Ansar Hospital Quarters

PO Karikkad, Perumpilavu

Thrissur - 680519
Tel : 04885-289006 (R) 281320 (H)
Mob : 9895057717

Email :

Dist. Representative, Palakkad


Dist. Representative, Malappuram

Dr. Velayudhan K

Ortho Surgeon, Near DYSP Office
Court Road, Alathur P.O.
Palakkad - 678541
Tel : 04922 225996 (R)
Mob : 9447620469

email :

Dr. Mohammed Ali N

Nadakkavil Hospital
Valanchery P.O., Malappuram - 676 552
Tel : 0494 2644210 (R) 2644819 (H)
Mob : 9447676916

Email :

Dist. Representative, Kozhikode


Dist. Representative, Wayanad

Dr. Asok Kumar K K

Consultant Physician
St. Joseph’s Hospital, Agasthyanmuzhi
Mukkom, Kozhikode - 673 602
Tel : 0495 2297492
Mob : 9447346829

email :

Dr. Sunny George

Nirmala Hospital, Pulppally
Waynad 673 579
Mob : 9447448848

Email :

Dist. Representative, Kannur


Dist. Representative, Kasaragod

Dr. Anoop. A.R

Co-Operative Hospital
Mob: 9447428340

Email :

Dr. K.C. Keralavarma Raja

Dr.K C U Raja Memorial Clinic
Nileswar- 671314
Mob- 9447770339

Email :


The day to day operations of IMAGE is managed by a team of highly dedicated professionals experienced in different facets of management at its Administrative Office, Thiruvananthapuram.


Administrative Office

   Mr. Sunil Plakkil - Manager (Administration) 

   Mr. Peter Samuel S - Manager (Operations) 

   Mrs. Arya Krishnan - Environmental Engineer

   Mr. Bleson Varghese - Operations Executive 

   Mrs. Deepa T C – Accounts Officer (in-charge)

   Mrs. Priya L –  Assistant Administrative Officer

   Mrs. Sreekala N.C - Accountant

   Mrs. Sreekala L - Office Assistant

   Mrs. Meera R. Venugopal - Office Assistant 

   Mr. Vishnu A.S - Front Office Assistant

   Ms. Aleena Jose - Administrative Assistant

   Ms. Thara T.G. - Front Office Assistant 

   Ms. Sruthy - Accounts Trainee 


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