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Disposing COVID-19 biowaste not limited to incineration

An environmental scientist, who led medical waste treatment during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, says that COVID-19 is one of the "easiest pathogens to destroy" and hospitals need not resort to environmentally unfriendly incineration to dispose of biomedical waste piling up from treating those infected with the virus. According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), treating COVID-19 cases is expected to add 16,800 tonnes of medical waste in Manila, 12,750 tonnes in Jakarta, 12,600 tonnes in Bangkok, 9,600 tonnes in Hanoi and 9,240 tonnes in Kuala Lumpur in just 60 days. "It is a lipid virus so it will be very easy to kill," says Jorge Emmanuel, former chief technical advisor to the UN Development Programme, in an online discussion on 24 April hosted by the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, a network of hospitals and healthcare facilities working to minimise harmful environmental impacts from incineration and other processes.  Read more....

 

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