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Bach Mai Hospital to clarify on medical waste

Update: January, 11/2016 - 17:00
The Health Environment Management Department has asked Bach Mai Hospital to clarify whether the hospital is keeping tonnes of untreated medical waste to sell to recycling workshops. — VNA/VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — The Health Environment Management Department of the health ministry has asked Bach Mai Hospital to clarify whether the hospital is keeping tonnes of medical waste to sell to recycling workshops.

According to an investigative article of Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper published last Thursday, the hazardous medical waste of the hospital is not treated as per regulations, but it is falling into the hands of a group of hospital workers.

The article described the details of the process of collection and treatment of tonnes of medical waste from the hospital.

It said that the hospital staff cuts into two and cleans all the used plastic tubes used by patients for blood and fluid transmission, and grinds used cylinders. After cutting and grinding, they put the cylinders into jute bags, which are then transported by trucks to recycling workshops.

To ensure compliance with current regulations and the responsibility of the head of the hospital for medical waste management, the Environment Management Department asked the hospital's head to check the above information and also direct units to strengthen the management of medical waste in accordance with the current regulations.

The department also requested the hospital's officials to report the result of the case after conducting checks. The hospital has also been requested to strictly handle any violations. — VNS

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