An advanced waste treatment system capable of treating 750 cubic meters of waste water per day operating since June 2014 has markedly raised sanitary standards for Long An province’s general hospital.

The system installed comes as part of a 22.5 billion VND project on hospital waste treatment funded by the World Bank and run by the Health Ministry that was carried out in the Mekong Delta province of Long An and several other localities.

The province’s 900-bed general hospital, which provides treatment for not only local people but also those coming from neighbouring areas, discharges 800kg of solid waste, over 8kg of hazardous waste, and 470 cubic of meters of waste water on a daily basis.

Meanwhile, its waste water treatment system using microbiological technology is able to treat 350 cubic of meters of waste water per day and fails to treat toxic chemicals released into the environment.

The new waste treatment system, apart from addressing overload suffered by the old system, saw treated waste water and solid waste meeting national technical and environmental regulations.

Director General of the Long An hospital Vo Cong Luan said investments in cutting-edge equipment, as well as in human resources, have reduced the risks of epidemic outbreak.-VNA