by: Lovely Carillo
Russian investors have expressed intention to develop a state-of-the-art hospital waste disposal system in the city.
“We have received a proposal and my office was informed about the Russian investors who want to invest in the city’s hospital waste disposal system,” Councilor Diosdado Mahipus, chairman city council committee on environment.
Mahipus said the Russian investors are interested in bringing in advanced technology for hospital wastes disposal.
“I don’t know what the system is but it involves the use of alpha and gamma rays,” he said.
He said they will call for a summit among hospital administrators and City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) to discuss this proposal and the city’s long-term plan for sustainable waste disposal system.
Mahipus said he is not sure how the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) separates hospital waste from the general waste. However, he added, it should now be part of the sustainable development thrust that the city should have.
Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 provides a solid waste management program through proper solid waste segregation, collection, transport, storage treatment and disposal to ensure the protection of public health and the environment.
Davao is strictly implementing the provisions of the Solid Waste Management Law but there are still many establishments and individuals violating the law.
CENRO is closely monitoring big and small hospitals especially when it comes to the proper disposal of their toxic hospital wastes.
Some hospitals in the city have availed of the services of an accredited toxic waste disposal company while the others have septic vaults to ensure the safe disposal of their medical waste.