Building Medical Waste Disposal Facilities

Post Time: 2020-03-16
    On March 10, in accordance with the recent plan for treatment of waste produced by medical institutions jointly issued by the National Health Commission and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the PRC, Zhao Qunying, director of the Emergency Management Office of the MEE, announced that every prefecture-level city in China must build by the end of 2020 at least one standardized medical waste disposal facility, state-run press agency Xinhua News reported.

At a regular press conference held by the MEE on the same day, Zhao mentioned that currently, medical waste and wastewater are treated properly, and there were no findings that the epidemic prevention and control measures were harmfully influencing environmental safety.

Especially under the current conditions, medical waste must be disposed of in a timely manner. Nationally, the capacity for disposing medical waste increased from 4902.8 tons per day before the epidemic to 6022.0 tons per day currently, an increase of 23%. The operating load of medical waste disposal facilities remains at about 50% of their capacity, so there is no problem of disposing of the waste in a timely manner. Medical waste caused by epidemic prevention and control accounted for about 20%.

The work plan issued is clear: by the end of 2020, every prefecture-level city in the country must build at least one standardized medical waste disposal facility; by the end of June 2022, every county in China must build a complete system for waste collection, waste transfer, and waste disposal. This will thoroughly solve the problem of the lack of sufficient medical waste disposal facilities across China, and ultimately achieve an effect of smooth, safe, and reliable disposal. (Translated by Zhang Jiajia, edited by Kendra Fiddler)

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