|The total amount of medical waste being discharged from hospitals, health clinics and centres in Ha Noi is estimated at more than 592,000kg of hazardous medical waste. — Photo vietnamplus.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The Ha Noi Health Department is actively implementing measures to tighten the management of medical waste, officials said.
According to the Hanoi Department of Health, the total amount of medical waste being discharged from hospitals, health clinics and centres in the city is estimated at more than 592,000kg of hazardous medical waste, nearly three million kilos of usual waste and 1.7cubic metres of wastewater per year.
Medical experts said the amount of hazardous medical waste will continue to increase alongside social development and industrialisation. Therefore, medical waste must be strictly managed to ensure safety.
To deal with the issue, the department has requested the concerned authorities to update, disseminate, and educate the public on laws related to medical waste management and environmental protection.
The department has also upgraded the training of its medical staff to improve their ability to manage medical waste and environmental protection.
The Department of Health has required its units to collect, transport, temporarily store and treat medical waste according to regulations.
Inspection and supervision activities are also being stepped up to detect and prevent violations of waste management and environmental protection in the health centres in a timely manner and to strictly handle any cases of violations.
In addition, the inspection teams will guide health centres on ways to implement legal procedures in medical waste management and environmental protection as well as in the management of sanitation, workers' health and occupational diseases.
Since 2012, the city's health sector has invested nearly VND213 billion (US$9.8 million) in five projects for a medical waste disposal system.
Forty-one public hospitals in Ha Noi are equipped with a system to handle liquid medical waste.
To tighten medical waste management, deputy director of the Ha Noi Health Department Nguyen Van Dung said the department has requested health units to create a specific plan and strictly implement regulations on medical waste management. — VNS