The Prime Minister has approved the master plan on a treatment system for harmful medical solid waste by 2025.

Under the plan, all harmful medical solid waste produced by medical services will be collected, classified and transported to treatment centres with 70 percent targeted to be treated up to environmental standards by 2015 and 100 percent by 2025.

The volume of dangerous medical solid waste nationwide is estimated to rise to over 50 tonnes a day in 2015 and nearly 92 tonnes a day by 2025.

Statistics from the Ministry of Health showed that more than 1,260 hospitals and over 1,000 medical clinics nationwide have discharged around 350 tonnes of general solid waste (600 tonnes by 2015) and 150,000 cubic metres of liquid waste per day. However, 56 percent of hospitals nationwide have no waste water treatment system whatsoever.

Until now, 70 percent of hospitals with waste management systems have failed to meet current standards but 50 percent have collected solid medical waste following the medical waste management regulations./.