Sun. Jun 16th, 2024

The Hanoi medical sector is taking drastic measures to tighten the
management of medical waste, which can pose a serious threat to human
health if not treated properly.

According to the municipal
Department of Health, some 41 state-run hospitals, 52 polyclinics, four
maternity hospitals, 584 medical clinics and other private medical
centres in the city discharge nearly 592.4 tonnes of harmful medical
waste every year, 2.97 million tonnes of ordinary waste and about 1.7
million cubic metres of sewage.

The Department has asked relevant
agencies to enhance dissemination of education on medical waste
management while increasing professional trainings for management and
medical staff in this field and completing legal procedures in managing
medical waste and protecting the environment.

Hospitals and
medical clinics need to segregate, transport, store and treat medical
waste in line with current regulations, preventing harmful waste from
being discharged into the environment.

The Department will
promote inspections of medical waste including examining waste transport
vehicles, incinerators and classifications and work with relevant
agencies to handle violations of the medical waste management process.

In
an effort to tighten the medical waste management in the city,
state-run and private hospitals have been requested to set up detailed
plans and examine waste collection and treatment systems to ensure
safety for hospital staff and patients.

Since 2012, the city has
invested nearly 213 billion VND (9.9 million USD) in medical waste
treatment systems. To date, 41 hospitals have been equipped with liquid
waste treatment systems.-VNA

By vivian