The World Bank (WB) has provided 44 billion VND (2.1 million USD) for the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap to improve its medical waste treatment.

A delegation from the Health Ministry and the WB had a working session with the provincial authorities on August 26 on the implementation of the project, which started in late 2011.

The money has been used to improve the management of waste in five hospitals in the locality. In the coming time, the WB will continue to aid Dong Thap province in dealing with medical waste in another five hospitals.

The aid is part of a 155 million USD project to support medical waste treatment in the five Mekong Delta provinces launched by the ministry and funded by the bank.

The project, carried out between December 2011 and December 2014, aims to minimise environmental pollution caused by medical waste from hospitals in order to improve people’s health.

It set a target of strengthening policies relating to medical waste management and establishing solid and water waste treatment systems for at least 150 hospitals.-VNA