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Phuket Town Mayor targets increasing volume of medical waste

Phuket Town Mayor targets increasing volume of medical waste

PHUKET: Phuket City Municipality has assigned King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok campus to carry out a project to study and design the construction of an infectious waste disposal system to cope with the rising volume of medical waste on the island.

By The Phuket News

Monday 7 October 2019, 12:56PM

Currently more than 1,300 kilograms of infectious waste is delivered to the waste disposal facility at Saphan Hin each day, Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana told a meeting held at the Royal Phuket City Hotel last Thursday (Oct 3) to discuss the issue.

“This is likely to increase due to the increasing number of private hospitals and clinics on the island as a result of the policy to develop Phuket as a medical tourism hub,” Mayor Simjai said.

Just three years, in 2016, 460 tons of medical waste was delivered to the disposal facility a year.

“The Phuket Government has assigned Phuket City Municipality the responsibility of eliminating infectious waste from hospitals,” she said.

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“Therefore, we need to come up with an appropriate management system for infectious waste to prevent problems from occurring, Mayor Somjai added.

“We need a system to be designed that is able to dispose of such waste and not affect the environment in accordance with the law,” Ms Somjai noted.

“The study is also to take into account the increasing amount of infectious waste in the future, and to come up with a solution that is worth the investment cost and is beneficial for Phuket,” she said.

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Kurt | 11 October 2019 - 16:26:20

The study and medical waste handling capacity should have been done before animating Phuket as a international medical tourist hub many years ago. Not the other way around. Luckily they point finger now to 'in accordance' with the law, and what is beneficial for Phuket ( or for some officials?). All will be fine. Don't worry.


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