|Environmental police from southern Tay Ninh Province and other relevant agencies yesterday started digging up untreated medical waste illegally buried by Le Ngoc Tung Hospital – a private general hospital. — Photo baotayninh.vn
TAY NINH (VNS) — Environmental police from southern Tay Ninh Province and other relevant agencies yesterday started digging up untreated medical waste illegally buried by Le Ngoc Tung Hospital – a private general hospital.
Last Thursday, two security guards at the hospital were caught red-handed by police as they were burying three packages of medical waste weighing more than 100 kilos, in Chau Thanh District's Thanh Binh Village.
The police said the packages contained used gloves, needles, bandages and other medical waste.
A sample of the soil from the site has been taken for tests, a representative of the provincial Natural Resources and Environment Department said.
Police have ordered the hospital to start using a unit specialised in collecting and treating medical waste according to regulations.
Do Trong Hieu, deputy director of the hospital, admitted that while hospital's incinerator was under construction, hospital directors had told the security guards to take all medical waste to a secluded spot and burn it.
However, the hospital did not know why the guards buried it instead, he added.
"It was our fault to provide such improper management," Hieu said.
Nguyen Dinh Xuan, director of the province's Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said that although medical waste from the hospital was not large, it was buried along with tonnes of household waste. All of the waste, therefore, could be considered dangerous.
The hospital opened last September, with 35 beds and the latest equipment. — VNS