Mon. Jul 4th, 2022

A project worth around 8 million USD will help better the management of
medical waste in Vietnam towards reducing emissions of organic compounds
and mercury that are resistant to environmental degradation.

The majority of the funding for the project, which was approved by Prime
Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, will come from non-refundable aid totaling 7
million USD to be provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
through the World Bank (WB).

The remaining 1 million USD will
be covered by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Natural
Resources and Environment.

The project will look at medical
waste management in Vietnam, develop management solutions and pollution
control measures to reduce emissions of persistent organic pollutants
(POPs), persistent toxic substances (PTS), and mercury generated from
health sector activities.

State of the art technologies will
be used and best environmental practices in the management of medical
waste to reduce POPs, PTS and mercury emissions into the environment
will be applied.

Other priorities of the project include
enhanced capacity in building policy framework, laws and regulations and
provision of technical guidelines on the issue.

All measures aim to minimise pollution, environmental degradation and potential risks to human health.
The scheme will be carried out from 2013 to 2017 by the Ministry of Health.-VNA

By vivian