Shillong, March 21: Medical care is vital for our life and health, but the waste generated from medical activities represents a real problem of living nature and human world. Improper management of waste generated in health care facilities causes a direct health impact on the community, the health care workers and also on the environment.Reconginising its endeavour in medical waste management , the Meghalaya Health & Family Welfare Department was conferred with ‘Skoch Health Award 2017’ at New Delhi on March 18. This award is given for the Bio-Medical Waste Water Treatment (BIOWAT), a low cost environment friendly improvised liquid waste management, operating at Nartiang Public Health Centre, Nartiang, West Jaintia Hills District. The award was received by Dr. R. Pohsnem, on behalf of the Meghalaya Health Department from Sameer Kocchar, Chairman, Skoch Foundation and author of ModiNomics, in the presence of eminent personalities. The Skoch Awards celebrate human excellence and agents of change in Indian society.