Hospitals fail to submit waste management reports

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Sunday, July 27, 2014


THE 17th Davao City Council required health facilities here to submit their respective medical waste management handbook to re-assess proper disposal of hazardous wastes.

However, none has submitted yet.

Councilor Joselle Villafuerte, City Council chair for committee on health, said hospital owners and representatives were told to send a copy during the committee hearing on medical waste disposal early this month.

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The request for the handbooks came after the City Government of Davao expressed alarm over the medical wastes such as bottles of dextrose, butterfly syringes, needles and vials found along the coastal area of Talomo District.

“Kailangan na talaga aksyonan,” Villafuerte told Sun.Star Davao.

She said the incident did not happen once, but many times.

“There have been three incidences on improper disposal of healthcare waste. Approximately three months ago, some barangay officials found body parts in a garbage bin. One month ago syringes buried in Ma-a Cemetery. The third incidence that we are aware is yung sa Talomo,” she said.

Councilor Leonardo R. Avila III called the attention of the hospitals on this through a privilege speech.

The committee immediately called for committee hearing inviting hospital representatives.

“Five representatives came but we have yet to receive the Healthcare Waste program of their facility,” she said.

She said the healthcare facilities need to comply with existing laws. “Na alarm kami talaga because of the video showing barangay residents handling syringes with bare hands,” she said.

“Meron naman sila septic vaults lahat pero madali daw mapuno,” she added.

As part of the campaign against improper medical waste disposal, Villafuerte said an information/consultation seminar will be held at SM City in Ecoland on July 31 from 1-3 p.m. for barangay officials and 3-5 p.m. for healthcare facilities representatives.

She said representatives from the Department of Health (DOH), Rad Green Solution, City Health Office (CHO) are expected to attend the seminar and discuss pertinent topics.

The seminar is a joint effort of SP Committee on Health, CHO, DOH, Philippine College of Occupational Medicine, and Occupational Nurses Association of the Philippines.

She said the Office of Councilor January Duterte will help them contact each of the 182 barangay chiefs and kagawads on Health.

“Also hopefully we can decide after consultation if we need to create local legislation on healthcare waste,” she said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 28, 2014.

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